Exhumation Fragments. Pit fired earthenware figures, buried and exhumed, 13-1/4 x 8-1/4 x 9-1/5" and other sizes. Made in Colombia between 2013 and 2014.
The practice of exhumation is a permanent subject of philosophical debate. These figures are symbolic of a universal contradiction in the fields of archeology, anthropology, and museology. While these fields are concerned with the study, preservation and display of artifacts, they often violate or challenge the fundamental purpose of their original interment.
Most of the figures from this series remained buried for months and were later extracted while some others are still underground. The series is composed of six individual figures. Some of them were made in distinct fragments but most broke or fractured even further under the weight of the earth or in the processes of extraction.