Dit interdisciplinair langetermijnonderzoeksproject, gezamenlijk ontwikkeld door het M HKA en de KU Leuven, richt zich op een specifiek maar complex werk: één met veel facetten, dat variabel geïnstalleerd kan worden, onvoltooid is, en een open einde heeft: Ship of Fools / The Dockers’ Museum (2010-2013) van de kunstenaar en theoreticus Allan Sekula (1951-2013). Het project, gevoed door het onderzoek van de teamleden, blijft evolueren via onderzoeksresultaten die opeenvolgend getoond worden, onder meer op dit digitaal platform.

Allan Sekula. Collective Sisyphus

Miscellaneous 069 a (c)image: M HKA
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Fotografie , 20.4 x 25.3 cm
ink, paper

BABYLON   IRAQ (THE ANCIENT RUINED WALLS OF BABYLON. BABYLON. ANCIENT CITY OF ASIA, ON THE EUPHRATES, CAPITAL OF THE BABYLONIAN EMPIRE) [zoals aangegeven op de achterzijde van de foto], zwart-wit foto, 20.4 x 25.3 cm. Datum van aankoop door Allan Sekula onbekend.


Op de achterzijde van de foto:

BABYLON   IRAQ

BABYLON, ANCIENT CITY OF ASIA, ON THE EUPHRATES, CAPITAL OF THE BABYLONIAN EMPIRE. IT'S GREAT PERIOD WAS FROM 188 TO 500 B.C. IT STOOD ON BOTH SIDES OF THE RIVER AND WAS AN ENORMOUS CITY FILLED WITH MAGNIFICENT BUILDINGS, IT'S HANGING GARDENS WERE COUNTED AS ONE OF THE SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD.

THE CITY WAS SURROUNDED BY A MOAT AND TWO MASSIVE WALLS, WITHIN THE WALLS WERE IMPOSING BUILDINGS AND IN PARTICULAR, PROCESSIAN ST. WHICH PASSED THROUGH ISHTAR GATE, TOWARDS THE TEMPLE TOWER "ZIGGURAT" WITH THE RUIN OF SOUTH PALACE ON ONE SIDE, AMONGST WHICH HOUSED THE FAMOUS HANGING GARDENS AND TEMPLES OF MARDUK, ISHTAR, GULA AND NINURTA. THE HISTORY OF BABYLON ENDED IN 275 B.C. WHEN THE INHABITANTS WERE REMOVED TO THE NEW CITY OF SELEUCIA AFTER ITS CAPTURE BY ALEXANDER.

PHOTO SHOWS: THE ANCIENT RUINED WALLS OF BABYLON.

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