Ali “Go Fuck Yourself” Baba
installation . 2012
presented at Petite Galerie de l’ Œil de Poisson . Quebec City, Canada
as part Extase, la vie et autres pratiques extatiques organized by Folie / Culture
This installation was designed and carried out in such a way as to imitate, even experiment, the febrile and obsessive behavior of the compulsive accumulator, or syllogomaniac.
Compulsive hoarding, also known as hoarding disorder, is a behavioral pattern characterized by excessive acquisition of and an inability or unwillingness to discard large quantities of objects that cover the living areas of the home and cause significant distress or impairment.
– Wikipedia, excerpt from the article Compulsive hoarding
Ali “Go Fuck Yourself” Baba is an exhibition in favor of overflowing, a eulogy of nostalgia in a palace of rubbish. In the unexpected cavity of a pile, compulsive accumulation becomes a culture, an erudition, a fair distinction bestowed on hundreds of little bits of grotesque treasures, something glorious, a path to ecstasy, finally.
Is it not a form of ecstasy, otherwise the pursuit of it, that pushes the syllogomaniac to burden themself with more objects, always, until their collection of uselessness ends up closing on them? From the outside, the artwork shows only a crammed facade. Compact piles of worthless objects of all kinds, superimposed on boxes, furniture, panels, bags and shelves, form a stack so dense that it looks like a wall. But on this wall, there is a door, an opening through which it is possible to enter. Within this presumed aggregate of things, the surprised visitor discovers what looks like a clandestine place, a subterranean conglomerate.