International Light Art Project

Lia Sáile

بین الأضواء / IN BETWEEN LIGHTS
Photo: Lia Sáile


Hahnentorburg / Rudolfplatz, 50674 Cologne


بین الأضواء/ IN BETWEEN LIGHTS
installation, intervention, lantern, video


The art installation IN BETWEEN LIGHTS is a precise, focused intervention in public space, exchanging two street lanterns between the twin cities Cologne and Tunis – continents apart.

By exchanging a Tunis street light with a Cologne street light, IN BETWEEN LIGHTS creates a visible connection link between them, highlighting 65 years of inter-continental partnership between the twin cities in Tunisia and Germany, Northern Africa and Europe. The street lights travel across the sea in opposite directions, creating a link between two invisible spaces. The complex process of realization – involving exchange between the cities’ administrations, art institutions, logistic companies, harbours, nautical companies, truck companies as well as local city workers in Tunis and Cologne – is inherent part of the concept. Exchanging two lanterns from two continents, each with unique cultural, historical and political background, connects the cities in a visible way, also bringing their original context to the new location. Themes of colonialism and migration are touched. The exchange of two street lights highlights aspects of the complex global connection of spaces, places and their interwoven past, present and future. Pre-existing spatial and infrastructural conditions are consciously utilised instead of claiming new space to avoid mimicking strategies of colonization.

Both street light types contrast with their new surroundings, irritating the public space. Each relocated street light establishes a unique relation and connection with the other lanterns. It weaves a subtle field of tension among them, changing the dynamic of place – in Tunis and in Cologne – while persistently fulfilling their purpose.

IN BETWEEN LIGHTS is realised in cooperation with COLLUMINA International Light Art Project Cologne and INTERFERENCE International Light Art Project Tunis via Academy of Media Arts Cologne, Urban Stage ff – Mischa Kuball.


Lia Sáile
born 1985 in Ruhr area [de]
lives and works in Cologne [de] and Munich [de]

since 2017

Postgraduate Studies, Academy of Media Arts Cologne (KHM)

2009 Diploma (phil.) Theatre, Film and Media Studies, University of Vienna [at]
2007-2008 University of Malta [mt]
2004-2009 Theatre, Film and Media Studies, University of Vienna


exhibitions (selected)


Eastern Munich, whiteBOX/Munich School of Philosophy, Munich


Trans Lucent, JazzFest Berlin, Berliner Festpielhaus, Berlin [de]
In Between Lights, COLLUMINA, International Light Art Project Cologne
In Between Lights, INTERFERENCE, International Light Art Project, Tunis


M/Taking Space, CityLeaks, Cologne
Home Away From Home, Soghtfenster, Cologne


Con-Texture, KHOJ Int. Artist Association pop up, New Dehli [in]


Largest Common Divider, Vienna

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