This is work in progress. The work in this exhibition measures 2.44 m x 1.22 m x 1.22 m.
Hans : "Palestinian refugees who I met from the early eighties, keep up to the present day the keys of their homes from which they were expelled from 1948 on by the state of Israel.
The current generation Palestinians carries all kinds of keys and key chains as jewellery.
In 1991, I read for the first time the book "Pity the Nation, Lebanon at War" by Robert Fisk*. The chapter "The Keys of Palestine"** associating me with my own experiences, I always remembered.
The work consists of 158 biscuit tins, of which I removed the enamel and / or paint. Inside the tins a print of a key, pressed into plaster in the shape of a gold bar.
The can functions also as a container of the memories of my own child-hood storing my treasures. It is also the metaphor of the forgotten memory [with forgotten postcards, far- forgotten coins from countries visited, etc.] that everybody has picked-away.
Each exhibition image is determined in situ."
* Pity the Nation | Robert Fisk | Oxford Paperbacks ISBN 978-0-19-280130-2 | 1990
** This chapter can be read on
The afternoon predicts nothing
than itself. The little brass box
in the windowsill contains at present everything,
but of nothing the most.
(Collected poems of Hans Faverey. Edition Bezige Bij, 1993