Samantha Sweeting
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A History of the World
2013
solo exhibition
Herrick Gallery, London

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A History of the World is a Lilliputian dialogue drawing together the presentational languages of natural history and the museological in a miniature world of the souvenir.

It is a categorised assembly of the treasures and trinkets of a lifetime. This most personal collection of objects is punctuated by dolls house furniture, which lends giant scale to these tokens of absent bodies and experiences, whilst the recurring presence of nests, eggs and houses draws the object assembly into a naturalist reading of animal gestation and birth.

Through the devices of its presentation, these objects that constitute the creation myth of a single life give way to a history of the world.

text by Luke Rodilosso