Baha Görkem Yalim and Petter Yxell use the dramatic backdrop of the port of Leith to create a stage for unexpected things to happen. The site-specific outdoor installation engages with the role of being a sideshow: a structure that supports a bigger event, playing the role of a hidden foundation.
Yxell’s spatial structures respond to the unusual properties of the site, in particular the shipping container, as a peculiar example of a ‘non-place’. Yxell’s sculptures set a rhythm for traversing the space through various focal points, re-tracing the panorama to create new forms of inhabitation.
Yalim’s works punctuate this scene as they draw upon associations of sailing and waiting to embody the sea’s history and the absence of the subject. Local plants are detached from the earth, gaining an observing nature, while a sound piece inside the empty container transports the listener to the middle of the ocean.
Together, the artists rewrite a forgotten myth without the interference of a hero or heroine. As we encounter architectural skeletons, potted plants and background noises, the installation lets that which is usually nothing more than a supporting structure to the ‘real thing’ take centre stage.
Kindly supported by Goldsmiths Annual Fund, Mondriaan Fund and Hope Scott Trust
Private view: 27 July, 6pm – 9pm
Daily, 10am – 8pm
The Steel Shed
DOK Artist Space
Edinburgh, EH6 6JJ