History Revisited (Memory Hole)
History Revisited (Memory Hole), 2007–2013
Encyclopaedias of various kinds and origins, collected by the artist over the years, have been gradually stripped of their pictures. Laid side by side on the floor, they form a kind of subjective carpet of universal knowledge. The artist’s act creates gaps and lapses in our shared memory while questioning the linearity of historical archives. It also introduces a sense of uncertainty conducive to reinterpretations of what once seemed immutable and established for all time. The subtitle Memory Hole alludes to the tampering that excises documents of all sorts from websites and other archives, creating the impression that certain events never occurred. This concept was widely popularized by George Orwell in his dystopian novel 1984.