Not Agamemnon [front], 2015
Pressed paper pulp, steel, 165 x 60 x 45 cm.
This mask represents a whole series of falsehoods. I was looking for a mask of a sun god, and without doing further research into the background of this picture I assumed that I had found the mask I needed. I wanted to bring together a phenakistoscope and the mask in one image. After I finished my first version of the work my brother, who had just completed his exams in Greek, happened to drop by. He pointed out to me that it was not the image of a sun god that I had found, but what is called the death mask of Agamemnon, the Greek king who led the attack on Troy and succeeded in capturing the city through a plan made by Odysseus. The mask was discovered in 1876 by the archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann. He was firmly convinced that he had discovered the mask of Agamemnon, and that it proved that the accounts in Homer had actually taken place. Eventually it was proven that the graves where the mask had been found were 300 years older than the Trojan war. An artefact only seems to be able to withstand history by pretending to be something other than what it is, or, on the other hand, by disappearing, like objects which are found in tombs or under water.