Concept (by Minato Chihiro, Artistic Director)
The Persian-derived word “caravanserai” means an inn for caravans. Although designed to serve the commercial traveler, caravanserais were nothing like the business hotels of today. The expansive courtyard of a caravanserai had stables, storehouses, and space for business transactions, and there were accommodations on the upper floors, giving the whole place the aspect of a palace, rather than an inn. The splendid edifice was protected by high, thick walls enclosing a tree-shaded respite from the long, weary journey.
For most of today's city dwellers mired in fast-paced lifestyles, stopping the hands of the clock and wiping the clock face clean of numerals would be a dream beyond dreams. Giving shape to wild dreams, however, happens to be a unique preserve of art. Art is capable of creating a time and space removed from the mundane, where form, color, sound and even the body take on aspects never before experienced. Art can bring together travelers laden with wonder and amazement, from east, west, north and south.
What would be the languages that echo in our contemporary, dream courtyard? To put my imagination to work, I take up paper and pen, and fashion my own caravanserai, so that it will guide and encourage our caravan, which has already departed on its journey to the Triennale.
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