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Tall Haptesthai

Ancient cultures covered their refuse with earth, creating small mounds known as talls, which became geographic indicators of past civilizations.

Like our predecessors, modern civilization geographically marks its existence with waste. Every three minutes, nearly 30,000,000 empty water bottles are dumped into landfills globally. The notion of ‘disposable’ is an integral component of a rapidly growing consumer culture. Resource intensive processes generate the temporary artifacts of everyday life, circulating briefly before being deposited in expansive, uninhabitable landscapes of the unwanted. Out of sight, out of mind: forgotten, ignored, disregarded.

Tall Haptesthai is composed of three cast, 10” x 10” plaster tablets. A Braille-like surface generated from landfill imagery beckons the observer to touch, invoking a connection between the observer and realm of disregarded artifacts. As the residue from human touch accumulates, the white surface darkens and the image becomes more visually apparent: a forgotten memory revived by tactile interaction. The work was exhibited in Silent Conversations at Tashkeel Gallery, Dubai, UAE.