Wattleup, on the outskirts of southern Perth, is just a 30-minute drive from the CBD, but a world away from the city, with horticultural farming, lawn farms, various light industry companies, and a series of streets with all homes demolished. am. ..
Jim Kuklov’s parents moved to Wattleup in the 1950s after migrating from Yugoslavia, built a house and founded a market garden on five acres of land.
Jim remembers a close community with many neighbors from Europe and a life centered around home and horticultural farming.
“This was just a garden,” he says. Standing in front of his family’s former home was 20 Dalison Avenue, facing the empty block where his neighbor’s home once stood.
“There were mostly 5-7 acres of blocks or market gardens. Our cousins lived on the road.
But in 1997, the peace of the inhabitants of Wat Luup was shattered by a government report proclaiming that their home was too close to the Kwinana Industrial Zone, which was supposed to be a buffer zone.
The provincial government has decided to reopen the land in the future and use the land only for industrial purposes.
This plan, called the Latitude 32 Industrial Zone, was officially adopted by the state government in 2000.
“My dad died in 1999,” says Jim.
“People were out 18, 19, 20 years ago. They were selling, so this all now belongs to WA Development.”
However, Jim’s mother, Yolanda, decided not to leave. When the houses around her were bought and demolished, she stayed with one other family on the road.
“Mom still had friends here. When they left, she was alone. Mrs. Rocchich was still alive and I said when she died. She said:” I’m staying. “
“Mom didn’t want to leave. When she was alive and she said, we got some ratings:” No, I’m not going anywhere. “
For the last 20 years of her life, Jim lived with her mother and took care of her at home last year until her death at the age of 94.
The family finally sold their home to the Western Australian Land Department for demolition in September 2021.
Then they got an amazing call.
Artist Ian Strange wanted to create large-scale artwork at home before the house became a bulldozer.
Strange is renowned for its large installation artwork in abandoned houses or “forgotten” homes around the world, and in December 2021 planned the “Installation and Art Project on the Last Day of the House”.
The plan included installing a 27-meter-wide LED light screen as a projection background, illuminating the house with a one-time 20-minute performance, accompanied by a score from American musician Trevor Powers.
The work was photographed and photographed for future exhibitions, showing the only live performance of the work to a group of about 40 former residents, including Kuklov.
“Jim really helped with this project,” says Strange.
“Tears about what happened at home, memories of mothers and fathers working in the back market yard, the large Yugoslav community here, and how they saw the area as a family. We talked while playing. After growing up, it slowly disappears. “
Strange created an installation that documented 20 Dalison Avenue and the community surrounding it through light and patterns projected inside and outside the house.
“Most of it is about the house, the family, and the neighborhood,” he says.
“Looking at the house, it’s very beautiful, simple and almost a picture of a child’s house. It’s a really very symbolic silhouette.
“And I think seized homes around the world are always a fascinating story.”
For Jim, the light and music show was a moving celebration of his old family home.
“It’s unrealistic. It’s just precious. The music is perfect and the colors are perfect. I can’t really explain it. It’s just great,” he says.
He is philosophical about the need to go home and has moved to a new home in nearby Youngebap, but he is pleased that the home has received such a send-off.
“What are mom and dad looking down and saying?’What’s happening here?'”
Darison will be screened and exhibited in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney.