Andrew Rogers: Winding Path – The Search for Truth
15 Apr 2013-18 Apr 2013
A unique event took place at the museum – Australian artist Andrew Rogers will created an ephemeral stone labyrinth with the assistance of the people of Istanbul on the museum terrace, of which the opening was realised on April 18, 2013. Rogers’ land art project entitled Winding Path – The Search for Truth was displayed on the museum’s 1500 m2 open air exhibition space. The installation of the project began 3 days before the opening date, and was realised with the participation of interested neighbours and students. The question the artist asks is: “If we have regard for our Earth, what should be the criteria we live by?” He explains his quest as follows: “Titled Winding Path, a Search for Truth, this is a labyrinth about an idea not a structure. It is about the importance of perspective that we are caretakers and have responsibilities to those around us and those who will follow. We receive the environmental consequences created by our predecessors. In turn we leave a consequence for our descendants. The present will be reflected in the future. We are all connected through people and places, time and space.” The ephemeral stone labyrinth at Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art was a small scale replica of the giant granite labyrinth located in the Kaligandaki Valley Gorge, near Jomsom in Nepal, the deepest gorge on Earth. There the labyrinth faces the sacred snow-covered Nilgiri Mountain which soars 7,000 meters above sea level. It is also adjacent to the sacred Kaligandaki river; a beautiful and pristine area of our earth. Rogers constructed the labyrinth in April 2008 with the assistance of 450 local people. An exhibition of photographs of the Time and Space: Rhythms of Life land art project – the largest contemporary land art project in the world comprising 48 stone structures in 13 countries across 7 continents involving over 6,700 people over 14 years – was also be displayed in the museum’s Project Rooms.