Moritz Franz Zangl

THINGS - 80 pictures of collected items

2021/2022

Moritz Franz Zangl

THINGS - 80 pictures of collected items

What does collecting mean? In this work, Collecting stands for a form of appropriation of the world. The object included in the collection is stripped of its original function and acquires the subjective status as an object: one does not say "Oh, a beautiful vase", but "Oh what a beautiful object". This role assigned by the subject transforms things into possessions, into an abstraction of passion, into a memory. Thus, one wants to dispose of them like property that cannot be possessed as property: the permanence of memory, the fullness of the world. The collection is subject to a constant paradigm shift, which correlates not only with the biography of the collector, but is also influenced by external influences, such as social changes or the interplay(s) of coincidences and principles, such as a favorable opportunity.

The catalog "80 pictures of collected items" does not show photographs of subjective memories, but objects that serve as triggers for biographical associations and would otherwise not be accessible. Collections are to a large extent hidden, be it in boxes, cabinets or showcases, etc., which are only made accessible to special interested parties.

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