Anonymous Needs and Desires (Giza-Gaza)

These three sculptures are based on the architecture of the Grand Gallery passages inside the Egyptian great pyramids, and contemporary smuggling tunnels between Egypt and the Gaza Strip. Two tunnels, one concrete and the other made of wooden forklift pallet stock, are installed in opposite corners of the room. The third piece is a set

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These three sculptures are based on the architecture of the Grand Gallery passages inside the Egyptian great pyramids, and contemporary smuggling tunnels between Egypt and the Gaza Strip. Two tunnels, one concrete and the other made of wooden forklift pallet stock, are installed in opposite corners of the room. The third piece is a set of color-coded cabinets containing sculptural copies made in lead and ballistic Kevlar of many of the more benign items reportedly smuggled into Gaza, including building materials, chocolate bars, iPods, the drug Tramadol, a lemon tree, and gasoline. These materials reference the more destructive contraband being smuggled: the Gaza War (2008-2009) was also known as “Operation Cast Lead.” Throughout the exhibition, viewers were allowed to remove and inspect the objects from the drawers with the white gloves provided, and were free to pocket the objects and carry them throughout the museum.

  • Anonymous Needs and Desires (Giza-Gaza), 2012
    Hammer Museum, Installation view
  • Anonymous Needs and Desires (Giza-Gaza), 2012
    Hammer Museum, Installation view
  • Anonymous Needs and Desires (Giza-Gaza), 2012
    Hammer Museum, Installation view
  • Anonymous Needs and Desires (Giza-Gaza), 2012
    Hammer Museum, Detail view
  • Anonymous Needs and Desires (Giza-Gaza), 2012
    Hammer Museum, Installation view
  • Anonymous Needs and Desires (Giza-Gaza), 2012
    Hammer Museum, Installation view
  • Anonymous Needs and Desires (Giza-Gaza), 2012
    Paula Cooper, Detail view
  • Anonymous Needs and Desires (Giza-Gaza), 2012
    Paula Cooper, Installation view
  • Anonymous Needs and Desires (Giza-Gaza), 2012
    Paula Cooper, Installation view
  • Anonymous Needs and Desires (Gaza / Giza), 2012
    Detail view
    Cast lead
    2 x 214 x 214 inches
  • Anonymous Needs and Desires (Gaza / Giza), 2012
    Detail view
    Cast lead
    2 x 214 x 214 inches
  • Anonymous Needs and Desires (Giza-Gaza), 2012
    Paula Cooper, Detail view
  • Anonymous Needs and Desires (Giza-Gaza), 2012
    Paula Cooper, Installation view
  • Anonymous Needs and Desires (Giza-Gaza), 2012
    Paula Cooper, Installation view
  • Anonymous Needs and Desires (Giza-Gaza), 2012
    Paula Cooper, Detail view
  • Anonymous Needs and Desires (Gaza / Giza), 2012
    Detail view
    Cast lead
    2 x 214 x 214 inches
  • Anonymous Needs and Desires (Gaza / Giza), 2012
    Detail view
    Cast lead
    14 x 614 x 3 inches
  • Anonymous Needs and Desires (Gaza / Giza), 2012
    Detail view
    Cast lead
    212 x 214 x 214 inches
  • Anonymous Needs and Desires (Gaza / Giza), 2012
    Detail view
    Cast lead
    212 x 214 x 214 inches
  • Anonymous Needs and Desires (Gaza / Giza), 2012
    Detail view
    Cast lead
    14 x 334 x 112 inches
  • Anonymous Needs and Desires (Gaza / Giza), 2012
    Detail view
    Cast lead
    214 x 812 x 7 inches
  • Anonymous Needs and Desires (Gaza / Giza), 2012
    Detail view
    Cast lead