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Vallimägi hill, Rakvere, Estonia

The work consists of a sentence that is hand-printed on 5000 leaves of grass growing along a path on a meadow. The sentence reads: If we have nothing to do with each other, there is no such thing as a meadow.

What happens when we make or do not make things visible? What things should be made visible, and what not? How invisibility and visibility are produced, recognized, authorized and imposed? How visible are we, and to whom? How visible do we want to be?

If we have nothing to do with each other, there is no such thing as a meadow. Who is the we in the sentence? Does it refer to the leaves of grass, or are the leaves of grass addressing the viewer? Can we ever really exist without each other? Can we really ever exist in connection with each other? Every individual is pulled in opposite directions in one's desire to belong and at the same time to be detached; the paradoxical, existential longing never stops. If we don’t connect with one another, there can not be a bigger entity in which we can belong, and then we can’t achieve the things we can achieve together. But, in belonging lies a possibility - an inevitability - of being identified and treated only as a member of a certain group.

A monument's function is to turn seeing into recognition and resonance. Like everything in nature, also every monument lives bound by time, and eventually dies. Grass, in its unavoidably brief existence, is a personal and seemingly invisible monument for things invisible. By finding the leaves and reading the text on them, the viewer can become a part of the work.

Thank you: Anna Vihma