Precious Things That Come Out of the Ground

2017

 

Steel, inkjet print, pigment on paper, graphite on paper
variable dimensions

 

The focus of the works is the surface of the ground and its destruction, the appearance and subsequent disappearance of artifacts though looting and illegal digging on the archeological site. The steel objects in the installation continue lines in satellite images of the site and the paper objects are based on objects possibly looted from this area.

The inkjet prints and the monochrome paper shape are based on such artifacts. The fragile paper reflect the ambivalent status of such ancient objects, decontextualized through careless looting and in transit on the way either in some storage if picked up before they are sold on the grey market or assigned a fictitious provenance and on their way into collections.

 
 

The research for this project was funded by The Arts and Culture Division of the Federal Chancellery of Austria, the production was funded by the Danish Arts Council

 

 

 

Traces of Time
MAK
20.10.2017 – 26.02.2018

 

Precious Things That Come Out of the Ground
2017
Detail: Traces of Time, Leopold Museum, Wien