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Portikus Press release
A project within the framework of the EUROPEAN CULTURAL DAYS of the ECB – France 2012
Portikus has been located for six years now on the Maininsel, a small island in the river Main, sharing this exceptional site with a protected bird sanctuary. Many artists have addressed the specificity of the isolated island within the urban fabric of the city of Frankfurt. This time an artist has been invited to create a work especially for this outside space. French-
The Portikus island is an exceptional spot for witnessing the changing seasons and the subsequent behavior of urban wildlife. In spring and summer, the foliage of the trees disguises the cityscape, creating a tropical-
Reflecting on ideas of absence inherent in migration, Latifa Echakhch – having herself a diverse cultural heritage – made a sculptural work that to an extent repopulates the island over the winter months. During a site visit, the artist was immediately drawn to the time of year when the island is stripped bare, when life is withdrawn and the site functions as a place of refuge. With the expertise of the renowned Research Institute Senckenberg, the island’s biotope was mapped. Based on these findings, Echakhch developed a project centering around the transient nature of life on the island and the fluctuation of migrating birds, and fabricated a number of kites in the shape of birds to be attached to the trees. The kites are made from plastic bin-
Commenting on aspects of solitude and rejection, the kites can either function as an invitation to the arriving birds, given their bird-
Spring, and with it the beginning of the breeding season and the revitalization of the island, will mark the end of Echakhch’s installation. Until then, the work can be viewed from the Sachsenhausen river bank, adding to the tradition of Portikus to introduce contemporary art into the realm of the city.
With scientific support by the Senckenberg Research Institute.
Exhibition November 3, 2012 -