“The works in the ground floor gallery interact most directly with the concept of the ‘open cube’ and what this might mean in terms of the dichotomy between public and private spaces and indeed public and private art whilst also posing questions of ownership, value and currency. Nada Prlja’s ‘Peace Wall Replica’ is particularly striking, visually cacophonous and highly politically charged it is an interrogative experiment that seems at once wholly contrived and yet unpretentious and far more real than the deliberate artifice that is, for example, Adriano Amaral’s ‘Untitled’ crumbling column.”
By Nicola Baird for WJ London
Work as exhibited at White Cube Gallery, Mason’s Yard. Front of the image Adriano Amaral’s ‘Untitled’ column and back drop of the image \Peace Wall Replica\ by Nada Prlja.
Peace Wall Replica (Black wall paint, graffiti spray and other kinds of paints, paper, photocopies and other materials, 15×4.5m.) 2013.Peace Wall Replica of the public art project Peace Wall painted by the artist.
Site-specific Public Art project Peace Wall was a temporary wall that was 12 m long and 5.5 m high, built of concrete blocks, steel frame structure, MDF and metal panels. The wall blocked the traffic on Friedrichstrasse between 02.04.2012 and 15.06.2012, provoking reflections and discussions about socio-economical barriers within modern cities.
Peace Wall Replica, is a replica, or identical copy of one side (the North side) of the original public art project Peace Wall, only this time within a gallery space White Cube, in London, UK. The replica includes the re-creation of the graffiti that was scribbled onto the original wall by the general public, while the work was exhibited publicly on Friedrichstrasse, Berlin. The copy of the (north) side of the Peace Wall was painted/re-created by the artist Prlja, in order to test the different perception and reaction to the artwork in the public realm (Friedrichstrasse, Berlin, in 2012) and within a gallery space (White Cube, London, in 2013).