The Balcony


Construction in Process, Lodz, White wall paint, publicly distributed
60 x 40 cm

In 1990 I was invited to participate in the “Construction in Progress” exhibition in Lodz, Poland, where I created the White Passageways. In various locations in the city, I restored house passages by replastering their walls and painting them over in brilliant white. At that time, white paint was hard to come by in Poland, and so I would hand out small quantities of the paint I had brought with me to people who asked me for some in the street. A little later you could see the results: the original concept had envisaged restoring specific passage- ways within the framework of an art project, but it had now been extended to include the autonomous restoration of people’s private living spaces. One example was “The Balcony”.

Karin Sander