The Bathroom by Beatrice Bianchini, Prof. Klaus Hesse

The Bathroom

Beatrice Bianchini has built a sparkling new bathroom and finally made it unusable again. On the shelf under the mirror she has placed transparent cubes with a coloured round core. The path to it is delimited by translucent damp tarpaulins. This work was triggered by her visit to the Russian ghost town Prypyat near the former nuclear power plant Chernobyl. More than 50,000 people lived in this place before the reactor disaster. There she became aware how vulnerable society has become through self-inflicted life-threatening perma-crises in the 21st century.

For Beatrice Bianchini, the bathroom is an intimate, almost sacred place of self-cleaning and care. Perhaps the lowest private denominator in a city. She has literally inflicted breaks on this place. The sink lies smashed on the floor. In contrast, the shelf became the altar of an artificial original form. The cubes placed there are hermetically sealed and seem to isolate an energy in the form of coloured rods.This is another highly interesting contribution to making crises tangible. Surely the context will not be easily accessible without a moderation of her work. But I think this is also a special strength of this work. You feel uncomfortable and ask your own questions.