Polarity of Possessions
In a world in which consumption defines you possessions become a reflection of the self. From store shelves to billboards products promise to increase the quality of our lives. Advertisements create a deceptive truth in which decay is simply non-existent. In the video installation Polarity Of Possessions, Rhodé Tavenier creates a space for reflection on the complex relationship between human beings and their belongings. Aware of her own materialistic tendencies, she investigates both the risks and values of material satisfaction. The project is inspired by 17th Century Vanitas still lifes, in how they remind us of our mortality and the risks of vanity, wealth, and excess. Tavenier creates assemblages with present-day objects and creates fluidity in composition as a metaphor for the fluidity of life.