Timely Lessons of the Village Square. How do People Come Together These Days?
Zoë Paul and Laura Herman in conversation.
Mousse Magazine issue 65
Top - Land of the Lotus Eaters, 2018, La Perma-Perla Kraal Emporium installation view at Spike Island, Bristol, 2018. © Zoë Paul. Courtesy: The Breeder, Athens. Photo: Guido Moretti
Bottom - La Perma-Perla Kraal Emporium installation view at The Breeder, Athens, 2017. © Zoë Paul. Courtesy: The Breeder, Athens. Photo: Nikos Koustenis
Zoë Paul’s work consists of elements and motifs that—whether at a domestic or community scale—convey an essence of belonging: fountains, bead curtains, ceramic tea cups. She employs inexpensive, general-purpose, low-tech materials and techniques, such as clay, weaving and drawing, that pertain to a small-scale economy and are used to meet daily life needs. The impulse is not to simply celebrate pre-modern living and traditional craft, but to complicate our relationship to progress. Paul’s exhibitions—including her ongoing project La Perla-Perma Kraal Emporium—offer a framework to reconsider age-old objects’ abilities to connect if handled with care and attention and examine the value of the communities that produce and activate them.