A film collage/animation derived from internet-found photographs of visitors to le Louvre posing, their heads briefly (illicitly) resting on the empty shoulders of statues of Gudea: intimate moments they then published on the internet.
For 2 years I have collected these photos after seeing different people do this in le Louvre (acting as if they were the first ever to make the joke). A small fraction of the photos taken then get shared on photo-sharing web sites, labelled with tags that enable me to find them.
Each face bares a comic but rueful expression, as if it is something outside themselves compelling them to do this. The repetition is fascinating: different demographics captured, all sharing the same joke. The contrast between the age of the statue, its religious, venerable conception and the temporality of the theatre now surrounding it is humbling. We often get to look at history, but this is history looking at us.