(RE)COVERED

2008-2017

The work (RE)COVERED consists of a number of rows of medals wrapped in soft, black felt. The medals are trophies from completed hikes. However, only the silhouette of each medal is still visible in the work. Specific features such as inscriptions or colours cannot be distinguished, giving the medals a somewhat abstract and iconic character. Each of the medals in (RE)COVERED was once awarded to a person to commemorate an event in their life. In this case, the event was a group hike. The collection of medals visualises a collective (support) system, in which it is not the individual but the shared achievement that is paramount. The awarding of the medal is a means of giving concentrated attention to a specific experience at a given moment in time. By disguising several such mementos and presenting them collectively as an installation, the work alludes to shared time, memory and attention. In the words of Eelco Runia in Presence (2006), a “focus not on the past but on the present, not on history as what is irremediably gone, but on history as ongoing process.” Or to summon the words of James Baldwin in Black English: A Dishonest Argument (1980), “History is not the past, it is the present. We carry our history with us. We are our history.”