French toilet paper / 2014
Territorial marking / 2014
I’m marking the area surrounding the home of my mother in Nogent-sur-Vernisson (Loiret, France) with the flag of Romania. I marked a Romanian territory in France.
My mother left the country when I was 20, being one of those who left in the first waves of immigration after the acceptance in the EU. She works as a doctor and has her own private business close to Montargis, France.
The sound represents my mother’s reaction to a work I had planned to do in Paris, on July 14th, 2014. I wanted to take yellow graffiti spray and transform all of the French flags from Champs Elysee into Romanian ones. Since Romanians have managed to steal everything the French owned in just 7 years, I decided to take away the last things remaining: their 14th of July and their national pride (in the shape of their flag).
The toilet paper made in the colors of the French flag was my mother’s response to my project.
I was asked why don’t I also do French toilet paper, hoping that I will get her point.
videowork ("Territorial marking") + object ("French toilet paper")
"Territorial marking" duration: 20 minutes