Changing hands: Objects on the move / De main en main : Trajectoires d’objets
Symposium organized by Akram Zaatari
December, 8, 2021 – Cinéma 1 – Centre Pompidou
In the context of « Vidéo et après », Service Nouveaux Médias – MNAM/Centre Pompidou and of the doctoral program of the l’École nationale supérieure d’arts de Paris-Cergy Graduate School Humanities, Creation and Heritage
With: Jean-Christophe Bailly, Patricia Falguières, Avi Mograbi, Bénédicte Savoy, Amie Siegel, Rayyane Tabet, Akram Zaatari.
Objects change function and consequently change value and status over time. They are sometimes sent to storage, sold or bought, buried or trafficked and, eventually, get extracted from larger constellations or a living fabric. Objects thus change hands, which adds to their biographies. They are displaced, gifted, studied copied and reproduced or exhibited. This symposium looks at the mechanisms that accompany these shifts in property and value through artist’s works. From Nefertiti’s bust as plotted by Jean-Christophe Bailly, to the occupation of Palestinian Territories as explained by Avi Mograbi, lies a trip back and forth in time and geography, across media. We talk about afterlives of objects, about who is the museum, when is perpetuity, and what do we find moving in all of these shift?