Maya Attoun’s work deals with the interconnectivity of everything; through modernity until today, we have lived in an epistemological world based on Musealization, and categorization. Her work is in an attempt to break down the boundaries of modernity, and find associations between even the most diametrically opposed subjects. Here is a transcription from all we shot, before editing this video.
IS: Tell me about your studio practice. How do you start developing a work?
MA: I developed my studio practice when I started working with objects, And at some point i took tow objects and i just placed one next to the other and just looked at it and the interesting part was that after a few days i could see the connection between them it’s as if my brain found the interconnection between these two separate objects and it was like the boundaries between these two worlds completely dissolved, it’s really taught me how our brains functions and how everything is not disconnected from each other and later on i really started using it as a practice by connecting different narratives or different subject matters or different stories with different materials and objects and images so in a way it was really the beginning of my practice. When boundaries dissolves you can be everything it wants you can hold contradictions.
IS: How does this connect to the knots and the entanglements, motifs which often appear throughout your work?
MA: At some point i was very much interested in entanglements and afterwards with knots, i think the interesting part was understanding was how knots and entanglements are connected to the way we think, I saw the entanglement as a map of the rout that we take to go back and forth being obsessed in many ways but it’s like we’re going back and forth around the same subject matters and it creates, it creates like a map that looks like entanglements so in many ways we’re getting very close, like very close to the core and then we are running away form it. The entanglements are like this chaos condition because its not something we can break or understand, we can just take it as it is, and the knots which appeared later, after I worked with ropes, were representations of society, of knowledge, of how we can take knowledge and bring it forward to the next generation, because knots are made in a way that we can tangle and entangle for eternity.
Produced by Sternthal Books, Edited and Directed by Ian Sternthal.
A Fireflies Project Film
Sound and Cinematography by Geert Van Kesteren