Repatriating the Fig
Date: Friday 28 February 1997
Having been invited to exhibit in the ninety-fifth Istanbul Biennial, the artist and former Sector VI master Richard Wentworth discovered that the dockside exhibition site lay on an east-west axis on the edge of the Bosphorus (the stretch of water that separates east from west), the European and Asian sides divided by a narrow gap no wider than a pair of eyes. At a time when international flights were being diverted around the former Yugoslavia and mindful of the histories of population migration the world over, he decided that his exhibition would be a repatriated fig tree. Wentworth discusses the work from inception in Norfolk to its fruition in the claustrophobic gap between Europe and Asia.
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