Berlin-based artist duo HERAKUT’s cardboard installation for disCONNECT Silent Battle (2020) presents children engaged in various competitive games against an assortment of characters. Suggestive of an imaginary world conjured up to combat childhood isolation, the work also proposes that seclusion does not impede personal growth.
"It was clear from the start that we wanted to create an imaginative scenario in which a child with no defined gender shares the space with various creatures in a friendly manner. What could be more civilized than having the child enjoy a game of chess, quietly played on eye-level with a friend who is deeply emerged in thoughts. The fact that the worthy opponent is a monkey, most likely an imagined one, is owed to the current quarantine situation – obviously. But being isolated does not keep you from personal growth. Spending time challenging yourself does hold the opportunity to become a better version of you, hopefully a nicer, kinder and more appreciative you" - Herakut