The Cooper Union, United States
The Untitled: Intro to Site 17
The Untitled: Intro to Site 17 is a work that I began during a research trip to Libya in 2011. It marked the beginning of objects relating to an essay titled “Forever Museum Archive” that I began during that trip abroad. The essay deals with the manifestations of museum objects as existing in a “forever” space--artifacts as time capsules and anchor points within a non-linear historical format. It presents systems of museum displays that I witnessed in various western and non-western museums. I utilize mould-making, lathes and readymade objects to create varying degrees of authorship. I am very interested in having objects that are not aesthetically attached to the hand of one particular maker. Instead it alludes to a workshop or pre-industrial craftsmanship. The installation consists of 11 components, 9 of which are sculptures.
This large image depicts a 2nd-century mosaic tile located at Sabratha Museum in Libya. The photograph is 13ft x 19ft and is created in darkroom process--a reference to outdated tourists' guides that I witnessed at various site museums in Libya.
Depicts a detailed image of a copper lion. Originally a screenshot of an item on eBay.com, it is mounted on a 3ft x 3ft glass.
The various plaster works were created with moulds and lathes. They serve as templates of historical objects that were present in Italian-era museums in Libya. The rectangular plaster works carry an imprint of my bare knees. It attempts to reveal aspects of the fetishistic and spiritual within the "museological" space.