« Baba Yaga Dom »
Hélène Laurent

09.07.2019 – 23.07.2019

 

Baba Yaga Dom, 2019 (Installation view)
Hélène Laurent

 

Letter Box Gang, 2019
Hélène Laurent

Letter Box Gang, 2019 (detail)
Hélène Laurent

 

Letter Box Gang, 2019 (detail)
Hélène Laurent

 

Letter Box Gang, 2019 (detail)
Hélène Laurent

 

Les murs droits et le plafond tourbillonnant de la maison temporaire de Baba Yaga, 2019
Hélène Laurent

 

 

Les murs droits et le plafond tourbillonnant de la maison temporaire de Baba Yaga, 2019
Hélène Laurent

 

Les murs droits et le plafond tourbillonnant de la maison temporaire de Baba Yaga, 2019
Hélène Laurent

 

Letter Box Gang, 2019 (detail)
Hélène Laurent

 

 

Le tapis d’Abendstimmung am Untersee, 2019
Hélène Laurent

 

 

Letter Box Gang, 2019 (detail)
Hélène Laurent

 

 

Letter Box Gang, 2019 (detail)
Hélène Laurent

 

 

 

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« Baba Yaga Dom is a temporary addition to the fabled home of the old Baba Yaga. It appeared in giselle’s closet, an exhibition-space situated in the common parts of a building, between the stairs and the flats

The doorstep of this passing space fits into the semicircle formed by the door wing, and through this small platform, visitors can enter. The ground is made up of a multicoloured carpet that can be walked upon. It extends inside the closet where the walls are covered with painted wallpaper. Once inside, if you raise your eyes towards the ceiling, you can see swirling forms mirroring the inside environment. On the door and on the walls there are letter boxes in which you can reach in to pick short notes left by the old lady. On them are written things like :« You will see what you learned ».

Baba Yaga is an archetypal image of Slavic folklore, a tale character who existed well before monotheistic religion. The legend goes that she lives in a house perched on chicken legs. She is a female initiator, a donor and she provides a link with the ancient feminine, its wild and fearsome strength. Her image has been degraded by centuries of patriarchal culture presenting her as someone that is monstrous and cruel.

« Baba Yaga is fearsome, for she represents the power of annihilation and the power of the life force at the same time. […] Baba Yaga teaches […] not to cringe away from the big, the mighty, the cyclical, the unforeseen, the unexpected, the vast and grand scale which is the size of Nature, the odd, the strange, and the unusual » *

Baba Yaga tells us that life is bedecked with inconvenience and that we need to learn how to separate the wheat from the chaff.
Baba Yaga is the big boss, old, ugly and powerful, who comes to shake things up a bit. »

 

 

*Women who run with the wolves, myths and stories of the wild woman archetype

Clarissa Pinkola Estés

 

 

Exhibition text by Hélène Laurent, 2019