For Art Basel Statements 2017, the gallery proposed a solo presentation by artist Zora Mann.
The project titled“The daughter of the Easter egg”drew from Zora Mann’s rich life experience – from the start of her modelling career to the last period, which was marked by drugs and psychosis.
The presentation consisted of four elements: a large size painting that entirely covers the walls, bean bag sculptures and a curtain which divides the stand diagonally. The fourth element was an autobiographical text published in book format. It portrays a disturbingly overwhelming scenario which is visualized in the wall installation. The psychedelic painting is a fragmented portrait which depicts a mandala made of eyes, hands and geometrical patterns. Many other references of her past emerge in the painting: African tribal art, intuitive forms, subconscious and dreamy-like images, colourful ornaments. The curtain is made out of tiny plastic beads obtained from recycled flip-flops, depicting geometric shapes. Flip-flops are a frequent marine pollutant found alongside the coast of the Indian Ocean in Kenya. In 2005 in Kenya Mann worked with conservationist Julie Church, who started a project to promote the recycling of this waste and today there are several artisans in Kenya working with this recycled material. An immense quantity and variety of flip-flops are collected, cleaned and cut into small beads. Zora Mann strings these beads into a mosaic like drawing.
Eye-shaped pillows were placed in the middle of the booth to allow people to sit down and immerse themselves into this bizarre and introspective scenario. On each pillow there was a copy of Mann’s autobiographical text, “The daughter of the Easter egg”, which was published in paperback format. In the middle of the book there is a short text, while the rest of the pages were left blank. This book is deliberately left almost empty as it was the installation that offered the full imaginary scenario of the artist’s being.