8/13 – 10/08/2016
24 Hour Liminal
Far to Go
Over the course of several stays at the Christiana Motel, conceptual artist and photographer Maria Möller explored what is left behind after check-out in the intimate but transitory space of a motel room.
At Street Road, a 20-minute drive from the motel, 24 Hour Liminal imprints the gallery space with these images of anonymous but repetitively-inhabited rooms, reflecting on the narrowly bordered intersections of privacy, intimacy, security, transit, and home. Placed amidst these images, a bed and nightstand recreates the Christiana Motel at Street Road: each weekend during the exhibition, a single guest will be invited to stay. Their subsequent reflections on this experience of public solitude will be layered onto the exhibition incrementally.
Far to Go, a companion piece at the Christiana Motel, displays snapshots of rooms where Möller has stayed while travelling, taken over the past 15 years. One snapshot, accompanied by a short travel narrative, will be displayed in each room of the motel, with the complete series available as a limited edition brochure at the motel’s front desk.
Philadelphia-based, but a lifelong traveller, Möller has laid her head in liminal spaces from India to Cambodia to Colombia to Europe to all around the USA. Her socially-engaged work distills narrative from fact and interprets how place can reflect our innermost longings and our collective hopes. Recent projects include CBD (Chinese Business District), a photographic installation that inserted visual memory into the built environment of what was once New Orleans' Chinatown, and 75º West/75º Oeste, an on-going collaborative project that exchanges ideas and knowledge, art and objects between the citizens of Philadelphia and Medellín, Colombia.