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Language Barrier / Andes, NY (2008)
Site-specific installation, Andes, NY
Cast foam, acrylic and ink
Dimensions variable

...Alina and Jeff Bliumis have installed the barricades around their studio near Andes, NY, a small town in the Catskills. Here, language is tied directly to the land in a way that suggests the connection between a territory and the tongue spoken there - a joint notion of a geographic location and the cultural identity of those who inhabit it: in short, nationhood...

The walls built by Alina and Jeff form a nearly continuous line as they wind through the landscape. Even when they appear to break, as in the image of the wall straddling the road, they are actually continued a short distance away as they join an old stone farm wall or extend up a path cut through a grassy field. They often join with existing physical features or transform into new versions of them, as seen in the photograph of the books tucked under the tree limb that seem to join the distant hill to form a shallow valley, or in the case where books are heaped at left and form a cleft together with the mountain descending to meet it at right. Alina and Jeff thus define their own territory, carving out their parcel of reality, and linking themselves to land they have chosen, rather than a land into which they were merely born by chance. They may speak English, Russian, or a language of their own devise in this newly demarcated land, where the language barriers could be seen as a protective cordon rather than an unbreachable wall...

excerpt from "Itinerant Borders" by Elizabeth M. Grady, Dam Lines Catalog, 2008

Language Barrier / Lower Manhattan, NY (2008) a series of six photographs, c print, 24 x 24 in, edition of 6 VIEW >>>

Language Barrier / Andes, NY (2006) a series of seven photographs, c print, 16 x 16 in, edition of 6 VIEW >>>

C-print, 24 x 24 in, edition of 6, 2008
C-print, 24 x 24 in, edition of 6, 2008
C-print, 24 x 24 in, edition of 6, 2008
C-print, 24 x 24 in, edition of 6, 2008
C-print, 24 x 24 in, edition of 6, 2008
C-print, 24 x 24 in, edition of 6, 2008
C-print, 24 x 24 in, edition of 6, 2008