Archaeology in Absentia (2016)
20cm bronze sculptures
Archaeology in Absentia is a sculptural installation of fifteen 20cm bronze munition replicas modelled on a small Cold War Russian nuclear bomb. Engraved on a disc inside each capsule are the coordinates, longitude and latitude, to a deposit of hand-painted porcelain plates with folkloric patterns buried in Palestine. With the porcelain itself absent from the installation, the bomb shells and the references they hold represent the archaeological artefacts in absentia.
The coordinates of each porcelain deposit were established during a real-life entombment performance in Israel/Palestine. Fifteen deposits were be buried strategically across the region, in collaboration with local art institutions - in places such as Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Ramallah, Haifa, Nazareth, Jaffa and the Dead Sea. A black and white photo series document the locations of each deposit. Carrying the iconic keffiyeh pattern, these plates were deposited for future archaeologists to excavate. Once unearthed, they will interfere with current versions of history and in effect cause a historical intervention.