Im Rahmen des Basiskurses Kunst in der Nachbarschaft realisierte die Künstlerin Ghada Abaza eine Intervention im öffentlichen Raum in der Liebermannstraße in Berlin-Weißensee.

Versicherung für einen Neubeginn. Versicherung für einen Neuen Tag. Versicherung für die Wiedergeburt des Neuen aus dem Alten. Oktober 2015.
Acrylic paint and mixed media on a rusty metal surface, 55 x 60 x 15 cm, attached to the metal gate of an old neglected building. A plant pot is attached to the painting and to the gate.

“These were the words that arose to my mind when I came across the old neglected building that was long ago an insurance company, where people came seeking insurance for a better life and future.

I have always been concerned, in my work as a painter, about a certain concept: ‘The existence of beauty in any imperfection and the transitional metamorphic phase that leads to a new beginning’. I can relate to that personally and can also recall the interchangeable period I witnessed in my country during a chaotic unsettled four years after the Revolution. Consequently, every transitional state calls for a change that results in the rebirth of the new from the old and life goes on.

In this public art work, the location and the metal surface represents all that; the old and the promise for the new. The painting represents the transitional period that holds beauty within and calls for its interaction with the public, location and plants attached.

My purpose is to make people accept this whole interaction operation between the three components, in order to cherish the old along with any change it proposes, to achieve and appreciate the new outcome.” (Ghada Abaza)