Collector's Cabinet

Sculpture, wooden furnuture, h:1.60 m, Amsterdam, 2005

Collector’s Cabinet (2005) is a sculpture work that is a copy of an original 17th century curiosity cabinet with slight modifications. In the Western world, curiosity cabinets such as this one were used for displaying natural and artificial objects. These tiny archives of one’s personal curiosity later became the groundwork for modern museums. Elemental to the work, the cabinet is painted entirely in white and all drawers are fixed. Assuming that the collection and classification of data creates hegemony and domination, the work focuses on the western hegemony over ‘knowledge’. By rendering the cabinet functionless, Deniz seeks to subvert these groundless hegemonies.

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