Submission
Collective Disgrace

Squeaky Beach

@collective_disgrace (Sophie Conus, Ilana Winderickx, Pablo Rezzonico Bongcam) We go by Collective Disgrace and we are group of young artists based in Geneva. We are interested in concepts such as alteration, the monstrous and the strange, and more recently, in building childish and nostalgic environments. Together, we work and play with questions regarding apocalyptic imaginaries, the loss of alterity in Nature, the absence of a feeling of collective memory and the slow disappearance of enchantment in our daily lives. For our exhibition at INDIANA, we were interested in building and assembling a collection of small objects, all linked to childhood memories and narratives, wether real or artificial.


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“Squeaky Beach” is the name of a beach located on the southern tip of Australia, famous for attracting many children to play among the large, bluntly shaped rocks that lie along it. Its name refers to the particular squeaking sound that the sand makes when walking on it, a sound that English speakers sometimes refer to as barking sand. The beach is part of a nature reserve, and a great place to collect the debris that the ocean leaves behind along the coast.
The memory of this shoreline, thought of as an archetype, is the starting point of the exhibition. Spontaneously, it has become a pretext for trying to rediscover the ability to create from the slightest trace, both a proof and a reason for the existence of other realities, invisible and fantastic.
The proposed objects call upon these universes. They have been jointly brought here, mixed together, sometimes fantasized. Taking into account the impossible return to an idealized past, the pieces of the collection that “Squeaky Beach” is, have been the tools of a reflection, both personal and shared, on the images remaining from the time of childhood, as well as a more general state of collective nostalgia and of enchantment, the feeling of going too fast and of losing one’s memories little by little.