Topsy-Turvy 2020 | Bashir Al Mahayni

“I was curious to interact with one of my favorite impressionist paintings, Tulip Fields With The Rijnsburg Windmill 1886, by Claude Monet. How could the movement of the pointillism technique come to life in human form?

Moreover, in the year 2020, we are now more than ever in a time of a necessary intervention with our habits and lifestyles regarding sustainable energy. Our planet is in need of us to intervene, to take our human agency and make a change with the power of our energy. Thus, the symbol of a human windmill in dialogue with its genesis in the time of the industrial revolution of the 20th century is at the core of this art intervention.

I introduce a brief vignette from my work Topsy-Turvy 2020, a reiteration of Claude Monet’s Tulip Fields With The Rijnsburg Windmill 1886, as the movement of my partner and I allude to the ones of a windmill. The editing choices for this GIF were chosen to resemble a movement that is derived from the motion of the windmill, while the faded and muted colours respect my inspirations from Claude Monet’s aesthetics.”

Topsy-Turvy 2020 from BEASHO on Vimeo.

The real power of site-specific work is that it somehow activates, or engages with, the narratives of the site in some kind of way. (Pearson)