Upon entering the big hall, the visitor is immediately confronted with a work that prevents them from wandering around but rather blocks easy access to the space: Spread over the floor, one encounters barely alive and mostly dead plants usually found within domestic environments. Collected over a longer period of time, this accumulation of plants introduces visitors both to the show and to the underlying methodology of Flo Kasearu’s artistic practice: through abstracting and recontextualising everyday objects, the artist often wittily changes their meaning in order to formulate a social critique. The work Violence Grows in Silence therefore embodies the neglect and hindering of growth as consequences of constant maltreatment. Within the narrative strand of the show, it illustrates the suffering of women living with domestic violence. In dialogue with the works Excuses and Illustrating the Request for Privacy, it formulates the first chapter of the show, which focuses on life at home and the will to regain self-determinacy.
Thanks to all the people who donated their plants.