Submarine Tunnel: Entrance. Photograph Lustica Peninsula, Montenegro, 2018.
Initially inspired by Eames' Power of Ten film, my practice evolved after learning about Ottoman traveler Evliya Çelebi (1611–1682) and Seyâhatnâme, an Arab literary tradition that intertwines legends and folklore in travelogues. Evliya's writing pushed me to contemplate how history is as accurate as anything touched by humans.
History is neither finite nor tangible, aside from quantifiable markers, a writer crafts a narrative based on select resources with an endgame. Chosen morsels pass through the viewpoint of the communicator leading to fractures and reflections within records.
My art examines how power dynamics and influences of identity flatten, amplify, and distort history. As an interdisciplinary artist, I manipulate works that leave documentative remnants to encourage discourse on the subject. The most thrilling aspect of the process for me is finding the fractures and threads of power and identity at various junctures. The texts accompanying the artwork are the viewpoint of an outsider whose accuracy is fallible.
Lustica Peninsula, Montenegro
The lush, steep coast of the Lustica Peninsula dives into the Adriatic Sea on the south side and the Bay of Kotor on the north. The eight-mile (13 km) long peninsula forms half of the bay's opening.
Lustica's long history served two primary purposes: agriculture and fortification. Near the mouth of the bay, hidden amongst the trees, resides a decommissioned submarine tunnel bored 328 feet (100 meters) into the stone by the Yugoslavian military.
Since Montenegro gained independence in 2006, it has strived to make its mark in upmarket tourism. The country retired several military installations and sold them for touristic endeavors, including luxury residences and resorts. Around the bend from the decommissioned submarine tunnel photographed in 2018, plans for the Ritz-Carlton Montenegro are underway.
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Artist exploring subtleties of power dynamics & influences of identity.
Joelle McTigueSubmarine Tunnel: Mid-Starboard. Photograph Lustica Peninsula, Montenegro, 2018.edition: 1/1Ξ 2.0000 Reserve PriceAccepting Bids
Joelle McTigueSubmarine Tunnel: Aft Starboard. Photograph Lustica Peninsula, Montenegro, 2018.edition: 1/1Ξ 2.0000 Reserve PriceAccepting Bids
Joelle McTigueSubmarine Tunnel: Bow. Photograph Lustica Peninsula, Montenegro, 2018.edition: 1/1Ξ 2.0000 Reserve PriceAccepting Bids