Ekklesia is an installation made with cardboard tubes with a metallic appearance atop a mosaic made of 96,000 laser-cut wooden pieces that was created to provoke the debate between traditional ideals and modern life. During the annual Fallas festival in Valencia, these installations are burned to celebrate the arrival of spring. This particular installation was created to evoke a temple where citizens can meet and realize the power they have to change things through debate and confrontation of ideas. Hence the title Ekklesia, the name of the ancient Greek assembly that met once a year between elections to decide if someone should be expelled from the polis.
The columns were screen printed with political messages that highlight the emptiness of political discourse and the need to provide it with meaningful content. The stage on which the installation was settled was a mosaic of 96,000 pieces based on designs of Nolla Mosaic, a traditional Valencian ceramic that was lost in the middle of 20th century. On the one hand its function was highlight a lost heritage and to emphasize that any innovation in a traditional context should be based on a thorough knowledge of tradition. At the same time, the project was also a participatory project and therefore the completion of the mosaic was made in different workshops with at-risk children and various neighborhood associations.
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