Ali Cherri: Somniculus
Exhibition, Jeu de Paume, Paris, France.
Ali Cherri’s current projects looks at the place of the archaeological object in the construction of historical narratives. In recent years, he has unearthed systems of archaeological preservation, exploring the history of ruins and cartography in the context of the Middle East and North Africa’s pre- and po -colonial histories. Filmed inside a series of empty museum galleries across Paris, Somniculus (Latin for light sleep) articulates the tension between the lives of dead objects and the living world that surrounds them. Museum artefacts are all presented in their existing cultural context as the surviving objects of human interest. Each object is representative of a place or a time and each lives on as a container of its own history.