The Making and Breaking of an Icon

In the absence of a grand narrative that promotes a savior or promises salvation and justice, one feels an urgent need to start writing one’s own reality. Diverse political, social, and religious groups used iconoclastic acts to protest undesired reality and announce aspired change. Iconoclasm is such an interesting act, I think, in both its contemporary and historical contexts. It creates an image that is more powerful than the one it has destroyed. Iconoclasts often leave traces of the destroyed image as a sign of its powerlessness: which paradoxically implies that the image played a certain role to them and that it was, in fact, a powerful image. Most iconoclast vandalizes images not to erase them but to deviate their meaning. The images are used to send a message. It’s a sense of construction and destruction intimately related.

Installation view, Konstakademien. 2021. Foto: JeanBaptiste Béranger.
The sculpture here is in its first cycle of breakage and reparation, 2021. Measurements of sculpture (at its state in the photo) 150x80cm. Galleri Mejan. Foto: JeanBaptiste Béranger.
Arabic alphabet and numbers are inscribed inside the sculpture, functioning as a system for the reassembling process, 2021Foto: Jean-Baptiste Béranger.
Installation view, Galleri Mejan. 2021. Foto: JeanBaptiste Béranger.
Plaster casts, 30cm, 2021. Galleri Mejan. Foto: JeanBaptiste Béranger.
Bisque ceramic – 20x20cm 2021. Galleri Mejan. Foto: JeanBaptiste Béranger.
Still frame from filmed performance, Skulpturmodelsalen, KKH. 2021.