Toilet on the Mountain Ilya et Emilia Kabakov 2004
Wood, 210 x 160 x 180cm
Commande of the Centre d'art (owner artists) in 2004
Born respectively 1933 and 1945 in Russia, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov live and work in New York in United States.
Ilya Kabakov began his career as an artist as a painter and illustrator of children’s books. Since his debut in the 80s, he has dedicated himself to showing contemporary Russian everyday life through installations that travel all over the world.
Toilet on the mountain is a work conceived in 1999 and then presented in the Centre international d'art et du paysage de l'île de Vassivière in 2004. This installation, placed on a high spot facing the lake, takes the form of provisional wooden toilets. In fact, if you approach the work in the direction of the lake, you will discover that there are two compartments, neither of which has doors. This is isolation vis-à-vis society: a folding over into oneselfthat brings both tranquility and a sense of solitude and offers a privileged panorama on the lake and its surroundings.