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In the installation Connection, Quentin Carnaille questions the notion of the frontier and its impact on our relationship to the other.

A visual bridge made up of inclined mirrors, Connection is devised to allow two people to be visually connected while remaining separated by a material boundary. Face to face, the two individuals can see each other and converse, yet remain divided by the wall in-between, unable to come into physical contact. The illusion of “living together” is complete, albeit the two cannot touch.

Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, which marked an attempt at unification, our era has once again turned to divisive rhetoric and policies. The barrier built along the Green Line in the West Bank being one example, or the wall about to be erected at the US-Mexico border. It is this resurgence of new boundaries that Connection refers to, offering a way to “transcend” them.

But the installation is also – and above all – an extension and comment of a flagrant social fact: the increasing dematerialisation of human relationships, a consequence of the rapid development of new means of communication which make possible, like the mirrors of Connection, a perfect illusion of “living together”. In this way the installation poses a crucial question: brother, neighbour or stranger, who is this other upon which I depend? And how does one react to today’s reformation of human relationships?

8 x 4 x 2m
Wood and mirrors