MIRABILIA 2, 2015
Glass sculptures, LED lamps, aluminium
Presentation at Bentley Projects, Phoenix, Arizona
Mirabilia explores a vast geographical, historical and aesthetic panorama of works that have been victims of theft, looting or destruction. These stolen masterpieces, which may have disappeared from public and private collections during religious conflicts, wars of conquest or natural disasters, or simply because of human greed, are represented here as luminous spectres.
Glass plates of varying thickness, cut in various shapes and displaying in their centre the silhouette of a once admired work, were processed and assembled into boxes. Illuminated by light filtering through the textured glass, the objects are stacked in volumes to suggest layers of memory and what we have failed to protect.