The exhibition Sandburgen consists of two installations: 


Le Signal, 2018
Mixed-media Installation (watercolours - wallpaper - sand - letter)


Wir sind drinnen... sie sind draußen... wir kommen von draußen... sie kommen von drinnen, 2018

Clay installation (pipes - audio system)


All work and photographs © Laurette Le Gall

Laurette Le Gall

  • About the artist

    Laurette Le Gall graduated from HGB Leipzig in 2018. She was Meisterschülerin of Prof. Alba D'Urbano. 


    For an up to date CV including exhibitions, please visit the artist's website

  • About the work

    'Sandburgen' is at first sight a peaceful picture in your head: children building on the beach. But if you take a closer look, this game is not about watching the castles grow higher and higher. It's much more about the fact that the sea is getting closer and closer and with it the moment of destruction! Do the children want their buildings to withstand the sea or do they only build so that the spectacle of destruction can take place and last as long as possible? Perhaps this attraction to destruction can be explained by a fascination for the state of change and an attempt to understand, grasp and even control it.


    'Le Signal' is the name of a building that is the starting point of the work of the same name. It was built in 1967 in Soulac-sur-mer extremely close to the sea. In 2014, in view of the predicted rise in sea level and the danger of collapse, the city ordered the evacuation of the inhabitants. Since then, the inhabitants have been looking for justice.


    In the sound installation ‚Wir sind innen... sie sind außen ... wir kommen von draußen... sie kommen von drinnen’ ('We are inside... they are outside ... we come from outside ... they come from inside') seem to be eight people in a shared place. Voices emanate from pipes... They all come from somewhere else and ask each other about this transitional situation: will they stay, or will they leave; what are they doing here? By looking for the day, they finally find themselves in the dark. They ask themselves questions, they talk around the bush, they repeat themselves and start all over again ... They talk to each other and above all to themselves. With a rather direct style that tends towards absurdity, the narration develops from fragments of dialogues, personal reflections and memories. Starting from the exploration of the migrant's position, this work questions the concept of identity. To what extent is it connected with the concept of culture? Is it possible to grasp one's identity at all or is it subject to constant transformation? The relationship between people and places is questioned: How do places influence our identity? Do we belong to places? Do the places belong to us?


    Text in German provided by the artist