collection

Old House

  • 2006
  • Rabih Mroué
  • video (colour, sound) duration 1:15 min.
  • tijdsduur / duration 00:01:15
  • Location not on view.
  • Acquired in 2017
  • Inventory number 3405

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Description

Lebanese artist Rabih Mroué wants to liberate not only himself but also the spectator from the modern world’s persistent belief in progress. In the video 'Old House', a building slowly collapses in a jolted fashion only to resurrect itself. It is as if, from pieces of the past, a new present is constructed time and again. A voice-over repeats ‘remembering and forgetting’. Through remembering and forgetting, modernity becomes an option within history rather than a fact of the past.

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