Rome is not in Rome

Haig Aivazian

The objects in Rome is not in Rome are based on architectural and cultural fragments, inspired by perceptual elements like shadows, refractions, and mirages. These sculptures offer a reflection on the narratives of power that are invested in archeological artifacts, and on what happens to those narratives in an age of globalized patrimony and museology. Rome is not in Rome is an investigation of historical motifs and motives which appraoch archeology and architecture as powerful tools that shape ideology and that have constructed visions of the world from the very first formulations of a global imaginary. The project seeks to make evident an uninterrupted lineage between early forms of looting and disposession and a softer form of cultural hegemony as formulated by contemporary global cultural initiatives such as The Louvre, the British Museum, and others…