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Restoring my father's work. And now it is my work.

video film, 19:54 min, widescreen
Lugnez 2015

In 2012 I filmed my father build a fence installation behind his house in the village of Lugnez in Swiss Jura. He did not care much about the fact that nobody will ever see this particular piece in the flesh and the reason for setting up the installation was because the installation needed to be set up. After his death in 2015 I attempted to re-construct the installation after it had fallen apart.

After his passing, his deteriorating installation is a 'ready-made-fixer-upper' to me which I boldly claim as my own piece of art. This piece questions the inheritance and ownership of culture. In the original film we talk about the fact that he is using posts from a fence someone else (the previous landowner) put up on his land. In the same way he is using some else's product I am using his product and claim it as my own.

Franzueli Rechsteiner at work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRb3EIfh95o (open in new window)

 

video still:

Video still, Lugnez, Jura, Switzerland, Jay Rechsteiner rebuilding Franzueli Rechsteiner's landart sculpture
Lugnez, Swiss Jura, September 2015

 

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