The Admirer and The Admired
collaborative works with Jean-Baptiste Maitre
Inspired by museum and historical sites in Europe and Egypt, Jean-Baptiste Maitre and I started looking at museum displays in relation to their artefacts. The tension between the neutrality of a museum display and the priceless object got out attention.
In our first duo exhibition 'The Admirer and The Admired', we ask: What if the the artefact’s display was no longer neutral and what if the artefact was of less value? What if the display and the artefact were like an 'admirer to an admired one'?
Mimicking a museum grid for displaying ancient scripted slabs, we created a multi-layered and multi-colored (inspired by digital 3D colors) mesh structure displaying a climbing plant. Taking away our manipulative hands and relying on the accidental composition of the natural growth of the plants, we hoped for the hierarchy between the object and its background to interweave and affect one another. In addition, we made ceramic slabs quoting collected texts from the YouTube commentary section. The comments, which have a visual reference to their videos shift the attention from the video to the comment, similar to an explanative label to its artefact.