Temporal Ceremonial Space, Flags for the Western Front, The Elba Box

Temporal Ceremonial Space – Ania Rachmat’s installation, reminiscent of ceremonial spaces.
Flags for the Western Front – Erik Odijk’s flags signal the event of ceremony.
Elba is an artist run gallery/ residence in Holland that Rachmat and Odijk have been involved with since its inception eight years ago. The Elba Box is a presentation of the residence and its activities.

The following text is taken from Front Magazine, vol. VI, no. 1, p. 23, September/October 1994:

Temporal Ceremonial Space – Ania Rachmat

My installations are reminiscent of ceremonial places where everything seems to have a specific ritual place and meaning. Being of mixed origin (Dutch-Indonesian), I want to define my place within these different worlds that I inherited. In Indonesia such a temporary structure is called “Kobongan”, derived from the word “fence” and is used for a place/space that has been fenced in, usually with cloth for sacred ceremonial purposes. I want to create a piece for silence and dignity where personal story can be told.

Flags for the Western Front – Erik Odijk

In many Asian cultures, temples and statues are dressed up with cloth, flags and streamers as a sign that a ceremony takes place and to protect from evil. Trees are emblematic of my concern. Tree as social place, forest as home. Tree as a connecting elements between earth and air. Tree as factory (photosynthesis). We absolutely depend on them. A sensitive subject in forestryland…

Elba Box

Elba is an artist run gallery/residency in Nijmegen, Holland that Rachmat and Odijk have been involved with since its inception eight years ago. The Elba Box is the presentation of the Elba Artist Residence and its activities, providing photographs, video and the Elba catalogue “BOX”. The artists gratefully acknowledge the support of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.