CURATOR KRISTINA MÖSTER NILSSON COMMENTS
Today, on Vindarnas Torg (Plaza of the Winds), the installation is surrounded by the lawn and the park. The Wind Will Carry Us lies a few paces from the path, inviting us to step into it. A bed, a chair, two stools, a carpet and a desk with a perpetually shining lamp. It may be silent for a short moment, but then a weak voice is heard over the telephone from somewhere in the world. It blends with another voice in a conversation. Every person who enters the room participates in the work of art. Someone perhaps sits down on the upholstered stool, which is already sagging. Or they caress the puckered blanket with their hand. A head has made a dent in the pillow. The desk has been used by others before. The oriental carpet gives the fairly commonplace room a touch of tarnished elegance. The warmth of the textiles has been transformed into hard concrete surfaces. But our senses perceive the fibres, feeling their folds and forms.To cast a vision
A mere year after Moghaddam’s September visit to Umeå, the air is humming nervously at the concrete casting factory in Träkumla on Gotland. Stina Lindholm, head of this sculpture-producing industry, and her staff have been working for months with Moghaddam to achieve the artist’s vision. The casts, the reinforcements and moulds are ready. When the concrete mixer arrives it delivers half an hour of dancing concrete. The slithering mass is poured like thick buttermilk into the moulds; the desk, the pillows, and, finally, the carpet. It’s a quick process. What remains when the truck has departed is to wait for a few days for the concrete to set. It’s a case of living with the knowledge that it may have failed, for when the moulds are removed, they will reveal the raw work of art. An artistic language that the artist has described and aspired to should be manifested both in the small details and in the totality. But a few days later, when Lindholm and her team open the moulds, Moghaddam’s vision is revealed – there it stands, in concrete.A key work
The Wind Will Carry Us is a key work in Moghaddam’s oeuvre. She allows the piece to be fragile and balance on the brink of difficult existential issues in the midst of current events. Moghaddam imbues the material with the big questions in life. In this work the medium is concrete, in others it is human hair or mirror mosaics. With the vulnerability that Moghaddam’s art bravely embraces, the artistic language is loud and clear regardless of the beholder’s place in life.