A visit to the National Museum of Anthropology in Chapultepec Park, Mexico City.
Beyond fascination, Kristien Daem's take on the museum questions the status of representation in the unrestrained confrontation of exhibit and display. Ruin or replica? Sculpture or pedestal? Space or model? Original or geniunely factitious?
Accattone #4 draws on the idea of collection to explore mythical methods and visual ethnographies in contemporary practices, with an interest in the compression, into a single artefact, of long periods of history, power relations, memories and everyday experience. It features anthropology museums, underground data centres and minor collections performed in private houses, double-sided masks and architectural strata in a floor slab or a facade, totemic mock-ups on a 1:1 scale and metaphors in the desert.
148 colour pages
24 x 32 cm, 590 g