"CHALET LOST HISTORY"
13 décembre 2003 - 21 février 2004
With integrated texts by Manuel Joseph
The "Chalet Lost History" aims to completely wrap the gallery, transforming it into a chalet. The "Chalet Lost History" is equiped with texts integrated in the art work itself. The texts by Manuel Joseph will be enlarged, cut, scaled down, transformed, glued so that texts and walls become one. "Lost History" is the name of this chalet, and it is also the true program of this project. History is lost. History has always been robbed, looted, wrecked. Thomas Hirschhorn still has before his eyes these images of looting in Bagdad, with people getting out of the Archeologic Museum with refrigerators, air conditioning devices, furniture, plants, and also ancient, historical and archeological objects. The texts by an author are also lost, looted, stolen texts. They are free texts, accepting to be looted, stolen, wrecked, lost. Manuel Joseph and Thomas Hirschhorn's approaches are parallel, like the refrigerator thief and the statuette thief. The artist wants that there will be a lot to read in "Chalet Lost History", that there will be isolated words, amputated sentences, scattered bits of text. Just like the statuette or refrigerator thief who only takes with him a fragment of history, the chalet visitor will only take small pieces of texts.
Extracts from Thomas Hirschhorn's presentation of the " Chalet Lost History " project