World Clock (Los Angles/Doha) (2011/2013)
Courtesy of Buchmann Gallery, Berlin, Lugano
Bettina Pousttchi contemplates systems of time and space in her artistic practice. Between 2008 and 2016, she traveled around the globe to create World Time Clock, a series of twenty-four photographs taken in twenty-four different time zones. In each location, the artist captured a picture of a public clock at the same local moment: five minutes before two in the afternoon. Representing places as far-flung as Mexico City, Bangkok, and Tashkent, the images together suggest what the artist calls an “imaginary global synchronism.” The series also charts the reach of colonial power, showing, for example, how imitations of London’s iconic Big Ben denote the public time in faraway places like Mumbai, Sydney, and Cape Town. This billboard image shows two clocks from two different time zones, which also implies two (or more) different national identities. The billboards will thus show an emblematic picture of the synchronicity of time, of borders, nations and identities.