Jeremy Millar

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Object to be awakened
2009

Wood, nails

Approx. 10 cm diameter

Another artwork which, while based upon the ‘primary forms’ of much minimal sculpture, is a performative rather than simply a formal object. The ritual is based upon that performed upon the judicial figures of nkisi nkondi, carved by the Kongo people, into which nails and other metal objects are driven to mark the taking of an oath, or the witnessing of an agreement, each blow awakening the spirit (nkondi) which is the guardian of justice. Similarly, on each morning it is agreed to exhibit this work, a nail is to be driven into it by a representative of the gallery.

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