Anonymous Head(s) | 無名頭像(們)
10 October 2015

(text from the title page)

Anonymous Head(s) in the Hall of Eastern Woodland Indians of the American Museum of Natural History
A sculptor’s field trip in a major anthropology museum in the United States,
Forty-Seven Photographs by Yunyu “Ayo” Shih,
text from the American Museum of Natural History,
Appendix includes seven Anonymous Head(s) in the Hall of African People of the American Museum of Natural History,
Index, from the caption of the portraits in the exhibition hall.
New York, 2014-15

(文字取自書名頁)

紐約自然史博物館,東林區印地安展覽館內的無名頭像(們)
一位雕刻家在美國重要人類學博物館的田野調查
四十七張照片,拍攝者施昀佑
文字取自美國自然史博物館展牆
附錄包含七張美國自然史博物館內非洲人展覽館的無名頭像(們)
亦附有展牆圖說索引
紐約,2014-15

 

本件作品是藝術家在紐約自然史博物館內所進行的一個田野調查,在博物館的東林區印第安展覽館內,一共有四十個印地安頭像雕塑,展示著不同部落的服裝、髮飾與文化特色。但這些印第安頭像,全數是以同一個雕塑進行翻製。藝術家透過製作書冊以及博物館的文字標記的索引,用一種輕快的手法檢視了科學機構在界定文明與自然時的荒謬界線。

This work was a result of artist’s field work in the Hall of Eastern Woodland Indians of the American Museum of Natural History in New York. The museum display forty Indian’s heads to show different tribe’s costume, headsets and cultural elements. However, those forty Indian sculptural heads are cast from a single mold. By making this book and index the wall captions of the exhibition hall, the artist used a humorous attitude to reveal how scientific institutions build an absurd boundary between civilization and nature.

The Anonymous Head(S) of the East Woodland Indians in AMNH_01

The Anonymous Head(S) of the East Woodland Indians in AMNH_03
The Anonymous Head(S) of the East Woodland Indians in AMNH_02
The Anonymous Head(S) of the East Woodland Indians in AMNH_04
The Anonymous Head(S) of the East Woodland Indians in AMNH_05
The Anonymous Head(S) of the East Woodland Indians in AMNH_06
The Anonymous Head(S) of the East Woodland Indians in AMNH_07
The Anonymous Head(S) of the East Woodland Indians in AMNH_08
The Anonymous Head(S) of the East Woodland Indians in AMNH_09
The Anonymous Head(S) of the East Woodland Indians in AMNH_10
The Anonymous Head(S) of the East Woodland Indians in AMNH_11
The Anonymous Head(S) of the East Woodland Indians in AMNH_12
The Anonymous Head(S) of the East Woodland Indians in AMNH_13
The Anonymous Head(S) of the East Woodland Indians in AMNH_14
The Anonymous Head(S) of the East Woodland Indians in AMNH_15
The Anonymous Head(S) of the East Woodland Indians in AMNH_16
The Anonymous Head(S) of the East Woodland Indians in AMNH_17
The Anonymous Head(S) of the East Woodland Indians in AMNH_18
The Anonymous Head(S) of the East Woodland Indians in AMNH_19
The Anonymous Head(S) of the East Woodland Indians in AMNH_20
The Anonymous Head(S) of the East Woodland Indians in AMNH_21
The Anonymous Head(S) of the East Woodland Indians in AMNH_22
The Anonymous Head(S) of the East Woodland Indians in AMNH_23
The Anonymous Head(S) of the East Woodland Indians in AMNH_24
The Anonymous Head(S) of the East Woodland Indians in AMNH_25
The Anonymous Head(S) of the East Woodland Indians in AMNH_26
The Anonymous Head(S) of the East Woodland Indians in AMNH_27
The Anonymous Head(S) of the East Woodland Indians in AMNH_28