Another Sky

MAM, Museum of Modern Art,
a former suger factory, Bahia, Brazil, 2008
installation by Yumi Kori
Materials: water, light, cloth, stainless wire
Dimensions: 7.5’ x 6.5’ x 9’

In the former prison space for slaves ( factory workers) locatd in the basement of former suger factory, I installed water on the floor to capture the sky view from the small window. In the daytime, the sky changes continually and the viewer can enjoy the reflection. In the night, “another sky” is created by the light installation. The small dark prison was constructed of a thick stonewall and there is one little iron-barred window. From there, one can see only a white wall across the courtyard. It whites out and is very difficult to focus on. Meanwhile, in my imagination, the rainwater collected over the hundreds of years and the tears of the imprisoned slaves accumulate on the prison floor and form an ocean of sorrow. Thus I proposed to make an installation “ another sky” that evokes a new perspective.

photo The view of the sky reflected on the water.
photo At night, the blue tent was lit up to capture the imaginary blue sky.