Inga Fillary

Dirt

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“The most beautiful arrangement is a pile of filth disposed haphazardly. ”
— Heraclitus

Dirt explores social taboos, death, abjection and exhilaration of destruction. It is concerned with the anatomy of the formless in art, with the concepts of ‘otherness’ and matter out of place. It also accepts a morbid fascination with an entropic accumulation of capitalist utopian construction that is slowly crushing humankind. 



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In this project, some processes and particular material qualities such as oxidisation, soil and human biotics became part of my ongoing close address of a dense and compacted physicality, experienced as the coarsely textured world, and corroding distinctions between form and the materially anarchic.


Cleanliness is intrinsic to the advent of civilisation and the human separation from nature. It implies structure, sanity and order, whereas dirt connotes unconventionality, the unhinged, the seedy and precarious. A ‘dirty’ worldview is indicative of a fascination with what is peripheral to social codes of normativity; it addresses the opaque and tainted edges of society. Dirt is deliberated mayhem: it questions and undermines systems of social order.

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