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Oslo, Norway


The 7th July 2010 the Asylum reception centre in Lier outside Drammen burned to the ground. Three buildings at the reception centre for rejected asylum applicants began to burn at the same time, and 23 people were arrested on suspicion of being behind the fires.

Coal dust and charred wood fragments are extracted from the burned buildings, and used in the installation Carpet. The carpet consists of prints of personal belongings found at the site. Coal dust is sifted over the metal parts that are removed. The carpet describes a state of loss and raises topics as identity and lack of territory.

Typology:  Art, Installation

Event:  The Autumn Exhibition

Location:  Oslo, Norway

Year:  2014

Size:  85 m2

Artist:  Marit Justine Haugen

Prize:  The Fine Art Award, Oslo Norway 2014

Purchase:  KODE Art Museums of Bergen

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