THE AMERICAN DREAM
[…] At the time she first conceived this piece, Cristin Richard was questioning the concept of “the living”/ “the home” in society in general, and for the American society in particular. “Dwelling” is considered to be the essence of the human being, it means living in the world and thus fulfilling it’s citizen role, neighbor and host. The human must position oneself in front of existence and especially towards others. This is ethics: the quest for one’s position in the society.
A dwelling place could be of various kinds: house, apartment, home, guest house, houseboat, monastery, hut, tent or yurt in the desert, some shelter we built (1). But it must be possible to close the door, “our door”; having an intimate space of retreat, respite, a break with the public space. Entering into his private space, the human being reaches the concept of reflection: a base to the relation to oneself, self-knowledge and self-preoccupation. This is the Ithaca of Ulysses (2), which relieves fatigue wanderings and struggles of daily life.
“Living” is also to be related to a place, a space, to fill it with yourself, not only as a material body. A space marked by the print belonging to its inhabitants. The living space is colored by the subjectivity of it’s inhabitant, his vibrations, his memories and of his footprint.
Through “American Dream”, Cristin Richard offers the viewer to discover what was the home of her youth. Inside the Tee Pee, the artist recreates the protective walls that have rocked her childhood, we find all sorts of familiar objects. Memories that reflect are not only the good moments, but also those that carry the anxiety of confinement. Conceptually, this confinement relates to experiences that have shaped our childhood and hold us chained to some fears, an imperceptible depth of the being. Everything is made to create a real interaction between the audience and this environment.
- Kenza Amrouk
(1) Martin Heidegger, « Building, Dwelling, Thinking » Essays and lectures II, Gallimard, 1958. 1. Translation, Albert Halstad, Harper.New York, 1971 (2) Homer “ The Odyssey” Translated by Robert Eagles – Introductions and notes by Bernard Know. Published by the Penguin Group, 1997.