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Special Exhibition: Museum der Kulturen (Museum of Cultures) in Basel, Switzerland

March 31, 2014 Attraction No Comments Email Email

Semiwild – or unlimited desire

An artistic reflection on the permanent exhibition “Expeditions”

28 March 2014 to 7 September 2014

Objects have the power to satisfy all kinds of desires. What differences can we find between consumer goods, luxury goods and 677687artistic creations that have been produced under different economic conditions and with different intentions? How does their meaning change when they are taken out of their original context and used for purposes for which they were not designed? The artist Ania Soliman challenges museum conventions and explores the concepts of “possession” and “desire” in an unconventional way.

In the special exhibition “Semiwild – or unlimited desire”, the artist Ania Soliman delves into the meaning of artefacts. Her starting point is the permanent exhibition “Expeditions”, which displays collections of objects acquired for scientific purposes from different eras. In six areas, the artist examines why, how and where which objects are present and what their presence says about the human desire for objects. What kinds of desires are embodied in objects? How do these types of desire in objects for a consumer market differ from those in objects in other economic systems? The different ways in which Ania Soliman arranges and confronts artefacts from the museum’s collections with her own works of art creates an installation that on the one hand challenges museum conventions and at the same time explores the concepts of “possession” and “desire” in unexpected fashion. The juxtaposition and arrangement of objects from the museum with the artist’s images and videos produces a general view of monetary systems and their effects on work, the flow of commodities and product creation – and our desire for objects. The artist takes visitors on an unexpected journey of exploration that will allow them to discover a great deal about possession and desire.

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