*1976 in Italy, lives in and works in Berlin, Germany
THE GREAT LEAP FORWARD / 2011 / sculpture
courtesy of the artist and Galleria Doris Ghetta, Ortisei
By way of an interdisciplinary work method, oscillating between object art, performance, film and installation, Ingrid Hora (*1976, Italy) realises works in which she deals with socio-political themes and tests social framework conditions. In the forecourt of the Sala Trenker, i.e. in public space, the biennale presents her work “Palindrome” (2014), which consists of a series of handrails, similar to those of wheelbarrows, arranged in a circle, which in the middle are connected through a wooden platform. The exhibition at Sala Trenker, meanwhile, includes the object “The great leap forward” (2011), a sculpture made of metal, assembled from several handrails as used in the walking aids for elderly persons. The visitors are invited to interact with the object, but no single person can move the object, it requires a whole group. The aim of the action is the experimental testing of a possible collective behaviour, performed by several individuals. In this way it is possible to experiment as to how people behave as soon as they begin to interact as a collective in altered circumstances. How do we make decisions as a community, who takes control, who takes on a subordinate role, how do we feel what the others do, and how do we react? Ingrid Hora, in other words, provides us with a playing field, on which to rehearse situations that challenge us as a society, especially at a time when we are confronted with perpetual change. Especially in the aggravated conditions of the pandemic and social distancing, the ability to act together flexibly becomes a crucial question in view of our future as social beings.