To commemorate the tenth anniversary of the World Trade Center tragedy, the New Museum in New York will be presenting New York-based artist Elena del Rivero’s [Swi:t] Home: A CHANT (2001-2006) in its lobby gallery.
Prior to the 9/11 attacks, Del Rivero lived and worked directly across from the World Trade Center. Luckily, on the day of the attacks she was in Spain and therefore survived. Upon her return home, she began to clear the ashes, dust, and debris and carefully salvaged and cataloged office memos, personal notes, and other documents that had blown through her windows.
Over the course of five years, the scraps were cleaned, inventoried, removed of personal identity, and then hand sewn onto rolls of fabric.
The work, [Swi:t] Home: A CHANT, will be strung from the ceiling of the New Museum’s lobby gallery in a cascading form from the 7th to the 26th of September 2011.
Composed of 3,136 pieces of found papers carefully stitched to cotton mesh, [Swi:t] Home: A CHANT, totals up to more than 500 feet of material. It flows like a waterfall in a scale reflecting the weight of the event it was created to remember.