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Object to be Awakened

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Object to be Awakened , 2009 Wood, Nails Approx 10 Cm Diameter © Courtesy of the artist
Object to be Awakened
Curated by: Eliza Tan

Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture
Kingston University, Knights Park
Kingston upon Thames KT1 2QJ
United Kingdom
December 2nd, 2009 - December 2nd, 2009
Opening: December 2nd, 2009 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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DESCRIPTION

Object to be Awakened is an artwork that, while based upon the ‘primary forms’ of much
minimal sculpture, is a performative rather than simply a formal object. The ritual is based
upon that performed upon the judicial figures of nkisi nkondi, carved by the Kongo people,
into which nails and other metal objects are driven to mark the taking of an oath, or the
witnessing of an agreement, each blow awakening the spirit (nkondi) which is the guardian
of justice.


Similarly, on each morning it is agreed to exhibit this work, a nail is to be driven into it by a
representative of the gallery.