THE POND
& A FREIND OF A FRIEND
Hellena Hueck & Jakob Rava

‘a friend of a friend’ is a collaborative work together with sculptor Jakob Rava (RCA). It happened in Jakobs garden in Brixton.
Shoes touching gravel. A laugh. Somewhere - the grating sound of a lighter. Hooded shapes embracing the night. A farewell soon.

For the garden installation 'a friend of a friend' Hellena and Jakob bring together fragments of their work to propose a temporary whole.
Hellena’s jewellery objects 'mute flutes’ refer to anecdotes of adolescence and friendship. They are presented on ‘bars’ a sculptural structure provided by Jakob. Between jewellery/gallery display, minimal object and seating furniture the function of the ‘bars' remains indefinite. The song 'A friend of a friend' (written by Hellena and performed by the two) is played on earphones that can be shared by visitors.

Photography: Jakob Rava, Eilis Searson, Hellena Hueck

‘The Pond’ is an installation, happening on my desk at home in Camberwell. It is touching points like:
Adolescence, horizontal landscape paintings of the Sturm and Drang movement, tunnels, Victorian tombstone sculptures, caducity and the political & cultural history of T-Shirts.
The jewellery objects (mute flutes and pendulum) transform into characters for a screenplay.
In mind - these places where teenagers would go. For a smoke, kissing or just to hang out. A hidden one. Secret. Known by the friends of the friends.
In the middle of it - a pond. Tobacco Green. Soaked up. Sweat stains on T-Shirts. Blurred. Time went by.

Photography: Hellena Hueck



my youth lays down where the tobacco grows

do you have a lighter? don’t look back don’t look back
today the youth is rising at dog kennel hill where the tobacco grows
a friend of a friend of a friend

do I have a filter? don’t look back don’t look back
today the youth is cheeky at dog kennel hill where the tobacco grows
a friend of a friend of a friend

do we have a puff? don’t look back don’t look back
today the youth is dizzying at dog kennel hill where the tobacco grows
a friend of a friend of a friend

do they have a kiss? don’t look back don’t look back

tonight the youth is sinking at dog kennel hill where the tobacco grows
a friend of a friend of a friend


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