Janine Antoni's Artwork Moor was created for Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall's exhibition Free Port, which took place in Autumn 2001. The point of reference for the exhibition was the history and identity of the actual free port of Stockholm, where Magasin 3 has its home. Along with the Janine Antoni installation, Free Port included original site-specific works by Cosima von Bonin, Paul D. Miller, and John Bock.
While creating Moor, Antoni returned to her birthplace, Freeport, Bahamas. There she developed the idea of a relationship between the two distant ports, which culminated in the concept and relaity of her piece. Antoni then focused on the history of traditional rope-binding techniques while buildingthe skills to recreate them.
Moor is a living artwork in the sense that it is still growing and changing. Changes are made to the artwork by weaving together additions of more material and tales from the people in Janine Antoni's life.
Essay by Janine Antoni