In this installation, Babak Golkar investigates screaming as a release, gesture and form of contestation. By relocating the act of screaming from the private to the public sphere, the artist underlines how much “letting go” has to do with exposing one’s vulnerability. Here, this vulnerability is expressed not only by the participants’ scream into the terracotta vessels, but also through the use of the fragile medium.
If it is commonly agreed that we live in a time when systemic conditions overpower our basic human needs, there still remains a memory of a time when we were conscious of such conditions’ human origins. TIME TO LET GO… directly addresses how power structures reshuffle the relationship between subjectivity, ever increasing alienation and loss of agency. With this work, the artist asks: is there any room left for active and reflective thought? How can one engage in affective criticism? Are systems in effect muting us?
Originally presented in the heart of downtown Vancouver, surrounded by high-end, high-rise residences, hotels and commercial buildings, TIME TO LET GO… acted as a platform for participants to both express themselves and perform vulnerability in a public place, asserting how art continues to allow for what is not fully acceptable in daily life.