neon sign, barbed wire fence, concrete bases, dimensions variable
The baroque division of the world into earthly suffering and otherworldly promises of redemption is gaining renewed relevance in our present time. Numerous paradises are longed for as rewards from a god after death, forcibly erected in the midst of this world or presumed to be on Western islands of prosperity that lie beyond seas and are carefully shielded from the valleys of misery behind hermetic borders. Not infrequently, barbed wire fences separate the paradises from the valleys of tears. In a subtle blend of rationality and sadism, barbed wire embodies the simultaneously efficient and stylized instrument of an ancient human practice: the art of division, without which no paradises could be separated from the rest of the world.