ARTIFACT AS REFUGEE
de Filipe Afonso
Inauguração: sexta 15 Fevereiro 22h
Artifact as Refugee exibe uma batalha entre vários paradoxos, incluindo: humano e objeto, salvamento e destruição, conservação e abandono, repatriamento e roubo, original e falsificação, físico e digital, único e franchise, artefatos “órfãos” e artefactos documentados, passado e presente, evento e cinematização, objetificação e antropomorfização, legal e ilegal, origem e destino, liberdade e detenção, “tribal” e “moderno” e autoritarismo e democracia. Este trabalho foi motivado pelo acordo de 2015 entre a UNESCO e o presidente francês François Hollande para resgatar objetos que compõem o património cultural global, que correm o risco de serem destruídos pela guerra, conferindo-lhes um estatuto legal de refugiados.
Primeiramente apresentado no Salon de Montrouge (França) em 2017, esta é a segunda apresentação deste trabalho.
In his video work, Artifact as a Refugee, Afonso stages a battle between a number of paradoxes including: human and object, salvage and destruction, conservation and abandonment, repatriation and theft, original and forgery, physical and digital, uniqueness and franchisement, legal and illegal, origin and destination, freedom and detention, tribal and modern and authoritarianism and democracy. This work is inspired by the 2015 agreement between UNESCO and the French president Francois Hollande to rescue objects that make up global cultural heritage, which are at risk of destruction by war. In recent decades we have witnissed to the rise of requests for the repatriation of artifacts as previously colonised countries have gained political and economical independency. But, in recent years, terrorism, war and looting have made the western world feel respondible for the safeguard of cultural heritage that, for France’s president of the republic, François Hollande, non-French artworks in France are “part of the heritage of all humanity” and culture is “a major part of belonging to the nation” and a key element in France’s international influence. In 2015, UNESCO and François Hollande have proposed to receive and safeguard cultural heritage in risk of destruction or disappearance from countries in war, a decision amidst the french military offensive in Syria and growing requests for artifacts repatriation from so called universal and ecyclopedic museums. A conference on terrorism and heritage was held in the 2nd and 3rd of December 2016 in Abu Dhabi. One of the three priorities for the conference, announced in a speech to UNESCO in November 2015, is the “reception of endangered cultural property “as refugees” by other states”.
Firstly presented in the Salon de Montrouge (France) in 2017, this is the second presentation of this work.