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Installation THE HAND OF A DEAD MAN at the Biennale Architettura 2021

THE HAND OF A DEAD MAN represents a point in life when you step out of your comfort zone, because you feel the need to push your limits. It is the moment when you grab a branch or jump into deep water, the moment that allows your feet to lose contact with the ground and take leap (of faith) to get “to the other side”. When you outgrow the children's playground yet you still need to play. “The moment of initiation. The ritual of stepping across. You are neither a child nor an adult, but you need what both worlds can offer. The safety of play and the danger of real life”, is Hajek’s poetic description of THE HAND OF A DEAD MAN. Orten continues: “It’s something that overgrows our everyday lives, something unsean, yet so close that we can almost touch it with our hand. But we need to admit we want so see ‘it’ first”.

StudioSKULL studio
AuthorMatěj Hájek
Bet Orten
Social mediawww.instagram.com/skull_studio_prague
PhotographerBoysPlayNice, www.boysplaynice.com
CollaboratorProduction of steel construction: Petr Žák
Tree trunk from Josef Sekula, www.bohemia-parket.cz