'First Generation - Last Generation' is an installation of found objects, cast glass and latex works. It also contains a video that presents a series of eight 1-minute extracts from train journeys across Europe and presented behind a frosted glass ‘screen’. It poetically evokes notions of travel and migration, a metaphor that is also embodied in adjacent works. On the wall, a series of four embroidered latex skins refer to some of the artist’s family ongoing diasporic peregrinations. The navel is a central feature as it symbolises the link between successive generations, and is also a potent form of scar tissue. The contours of various national borders have been stitched on the epidermises, and evoke a patina of transnational peregrinations.
Below the skins, a wall shelf displays various glass and other objects. This eclectic and highly aestheticized ensemble is displayed in a manner that emphasizes conjunctions between materials and their symbolic connections. Objects include a cast glass book that contains a text by the Palestinian poet, Kamal Nasser (1925-1973), a brutally chopped, desiccated olive root - a potent shared cultural symbol of local agriculture and resistance; a replica of an elaborate Victorian trivet that would have been used on an open fire to support a tea pot and an elegant brass hanging scale, with imperial measurements, both allude to the formation and standardisation of colonial knowledge systems. Collectively Filmus’ works investigate highly personal negotiations of multiple, transnational identities.
© Katya Izabel Filmus Glass Art & Design