The best fisherman is not the one who catches the most fish but the one who enjoys fishing the most
Vanessa Safavi, 2011
Fluorescent light (orange – yellow – violet)
15 x 20 cm circa
Edition of 30.
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The piece The best fisherman is not the one who catches the most fish but the one who enjoys fishing the most (2011), was originally produced for Vanessa Safavi’s solo exhibition in Cape Town, South Africa (Pro Helvetia residency program, 2011). The installation is composed of different coloured neon lights in the form of the capital letter M. This simple shape refers to the way children commonly draw birds and consequently acts as a very frequently used and simple gesture. Simultaneously, the use of neon lights are reminiscent of marketing and advertising logos. On the occasion of Kreuzberg/CMK 2011 the installation is extended to an edition of 30 single pieces. In this context, the piece appropriates a new meaning; heavily reminding of the M from McDonalds – of which a restaurant was built in the middle of Kreuzberg a couple of years ago and causing a heated debate in the district – it symbolises the increasing gentrification in the neighbourhood.
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