The Plantation / Simon Zabell
April, 2010

The Plantation is an installation by Simon Zabell that belongs to a broader project entitled La Jalousie which attempts to reconstruct the experience of reading the novel of the same title by Alain Robbe-Grillet. The book has a markedly visual character in its descriptions of the claustrophobic experience of the manager of a banana plantation left immobile because of injury. The installation for The Plantation uses the very appearance of the pages of the book as its raw material to recreate the dense foliage of the banana plants which surround the house within which the plot unfolds. The cut-outs made in the reproduced pages of the original 1957 publication create a “rash”of vegetation, while still continuing to be the pages of the novel.

The installation attempts to reconstruct both the undercurrents of the novel, and the reading experience itself, intertwining the imagined images produced through reading with the real image of the pages and the printed symbols which they contain.

Different versions of La Jalousie have been exhibited in the Centro José Guerrero in Granada, Gallery Carmen de la Calle in Madrid, and Gallery Rostrum in Malmö.

 
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