Gumpaste Incident, 2011
video projection on sculpture out of wood and cardboard painted with black ink
Videoloop, 1Min.

A famous Parisian auction house sold a stone statue of Maya deity for an incredible sum of 2,9 million dollars at an auction. A sculpture in polychrome stucco stone of 156 cm of height, presenting a figure sitting on a throne, was supposedly the biggest foot statue from the classic Maya period. This event wouldn’t be anything special if the Mexican institutions wouldn’t have gotten involved. They established on the basis of the statue photographs that it is only an imitation that doesn’t fit any of the Maya art styles and is actually a combination of various styles, which was supposed to be the proof of its inauthenticity.

full text by Sonja Zavrtanik here