The Artist’s Country Club Dream
The work titled “The Artist’s Country Club Dream” is a view into my ongoing research of the intersection of elite sports, country clubs and colonial heritage.
One day, I was biking by the golf grounds of a nearby country club, secluded by tall bushes and a fence. I stopped at the sight of an opening that offered a view onto the spotless golf court. As I was looking onto the golf court, the calm and warm day seemed to belong only to the other side of the fence, the one I was looking onto. I found it ironic how far this whole construct of the country club seemed, although I was standing right in front of it. I thought of all the secrets passed on in wealthy families that I can’t even read about in books, and I thought about the golfers drinking cocktails in the club house. I also wanted to be golfing on this mild summer day.
Later on as I was the filming the golf course through the crack in the fence, I was silently gifted a yellow practice ball by the driver collecting the stray balls. This turned out to be the ultimate transgression: an object-member of the country club, exiting this gated community, through the fence and into my hand. The golf ball would be the first artefact in a subsequent research and deconstruction of the sport, as well as the symbols and artefacts found and produced as a result.
Exhibition view: Group exhibition TRAUMA, Monolog Gallery, curated by Denise Parizek. Belgrade, Serbia. 6 July 2023 – 29 July 2023.