“A TAXONOMY OF FALLACIES: THE LIFE OF DEAD OBJECTS”
On show from May 13 to August 1, at the Sursock Museum, Ali Cherri’s exhibition “A Taxonomy of Fallacies: The Life of Dead Objects” raises important and timely questions regarding the value we place on historical artifacts, their complicity in fuelling conflict, and our complicity in their life and death.
The installation Fragments looks at the market value of history, assembling together artefacts, both real and fake, from auction houses in Paris. The video installation Petrified, filmed in a wildlife park in the UAE desert, takes us on a journey tracing the life of archeological objects and their inscription into the discourse of value and authenticity. Screened regularly throughout the run of the exhibition, The Digger is a film that follows the everyday life of Sultan Zeib Khan, the Pakistani caretaker who has been guarding the ruins of a Neolithic necropolis for twenty years. For more information on the exhibition click here.
Ali Cherri (b. 1976 Beirut) is a visual artist working across film, installation, and print making. Recent exhibitions include But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise, Guggenheim New York (2016), The Time is Out of Joint, Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE (2016), Desires and Necessities, MACBA, Spain (2015), Lest the Two Seas Meet, Warsaw Museum of Modern Art (2015), Mare Medi Terra, Es Baluard Museu d’Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma, Spain (2015), and Songs of Loss and Songs of Love, Gwangju Museum of Art, South Korea (2014).