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Interview: Rashid Johnson “Within Our Gates”

March 2016

Artist Rashid Johnson speaks about Within Our Gates installation, a unique, living ecosystem, produced for the third commission in Garage Atrium.

Constructed as a maze-like environment for all the senses, Within Our Gates integrates tropical plants such as palms, dracaenas, ficus, and ferns, with sculptural elements, moving image, sound, and everyday objects to immerse the viewer in the artist’s poetic manifestation of a world where fictions and facts, histories and speculations converge.

As well as being his first project in Russia, this is also the largest work the artist has ever made.

Courtesy of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

Interview, Johnson, Gates