to the Absent Audience
photograph, lambdaprint between plexi, H80 W115 cm
collection University of Antwerp
with wax sacrificial dolls from Mount Mary, Bandra, Mumbai, blue tarpaulin,
iron and glass frame, blue and white bodypaint.
Marie Julia Bollansee, concept, performance, sculpture, camera, photografie, bodypaint, sound, editing.
I consider the blue tarpaulin to be a landmark of Mumbai. As tarpaulins are
the universal emergency solution, they are used for everything in this city:
to sleep on, live under, protect ones belongings, carry goods, set up shelters
from the monsoon…. So I was not surprised to find a big tarpaulin factory in
As I was wandering through the city, I came by Mount Mary church in Bandra. This is where I bought the wax sacrificial dolls from a lady, who runs her little stand down by the steps of Mount Mary everyday. Christian people climbing to the church buy her figurines, offer it to the Holy Mother Mary and ask her for her protection, blessings and to provide them with their daily needs.
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