neon lights, electrical cable, power generator, exhaust hose, 2020/2021
“Theater of Combustion (Naphta)” was created especially for the exhibition “Oil. Beauty and Horror of the Petrol Age” at the Wolfsburg Art Museum. The work is a continuation of the light installations in the petro-industrial landscapes of Azerbaijan. Using the geometry of the naphthene cyclopentane – found primarily in refined gasoline – it can be understood as a European counterpart to the landscapes of extraction. In the center of Wolfsburg, the light sculpture suspended from the ceiling of the museum performs its theater of combustion. The exhaust gases are led out of the exhibition space into the open air by an elaborate suction mechanism.