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Danae Stratou explores the confrontation between the human and natural worlds. Her new work for La Verrière, commissioned by the Fondation d'entreprise Hermès, is the first in a series of “Vital Space Projects”. Stratou represented Greece at the 1999 Venice Biennale.
“My work often focuses on the dialectical opposition between Nature and Man, the positive and the negative, the interior and exterior…” Danae Stratou's work, created in situ at La Verrière (Brussels), in September 2010, clearly illustrates her approach as an artist, incorporating recent scientific research and the setting's specific architectural characteristics into her installation.
La Verrière is a simple, minimalist space, marking an abrupt transition from the bustling city centre of Brussels. Entering the installation, visitors are struck by the sound of creaking glaciers, “the heartbeat of the planet”. The sounds were recorded by Russian scientists using underwater microphones. Another contrasting soundtrack broadcast from the top of the display space relays urban noise (vehicle engines, children crying…), linking the everyday and cosmic worlds. In the centre, a pool of water represents the inexorable melting of the glaciers. Reflected in its surface, La Verrière's pyramid-shaped glass roof seems suspended in space, scattering natural light over the white walls of the space.
Danae Stratou raises her viewers' awareness, while offering an intense visual and sensory experience.
Artistic Director: Alice Morgaine