“Question the Wall Itself,” a new exhibition at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, is all about the capacity to interrogate symbols and their (varied) meanings. As its title might suggest, the show features installations that poses, and arouses, questions on customary notions of space, both within and beyond a structure — not only in a physical sense but, more importantly, in a psychological and political one. In the interactions between the works and the viewers, these notions are expected to be challenged or even reconstructed, making beholders reflect on, or perhaps cast a doubtful look at, their own perceptions of belonging and identity. What belongs to whom? Does anything really rightfully constitute exclusivity of ownership?
One of the works exhibited is Rosemarie Trockel’s “As far as possible.” The work is composed of taxidermied birds in a cage and a palm tree hanging from the ceiling, along with other exoticized objects. Fionn Meade, artistic Director of the Walker Art Center, said the installation is among those in the exhibition that confront thoughts on national identity, globalization, and internationalism, among other concepts that shape notions of the self.
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“Question the Wall Itself” is ongoing and will run until May 21 at the Walker Art Center.