wwwunderkammer makes the viewer reevaluate the way they think about collections in the present day compared to the past. After rich men of the 16th century travelled around the world to collect treasures, they would present their Wunderkammers at every dinner party for the rest of their lives, showcasing their affluence, ability to travel and the spoils of colonisation. Gannis’ wwwunderkammer creates a Cabinet of Curiosities that speaks to a wider demographic. The inclusivity of Wwwunderkammer and the accessibility of the technology dismantles the connotations of class surrounding the Wunderkammer, thanks to a collection everyone can relate to.
Inside the wwwunderkammer, we are reminded of key concepts and movements that are ever pressing in the present day. Signs to decolonise art collections and references to the Black Lives Matter movement presents the virtual Wunderkammer as a space to display the narrative of our present times, creating a space that fights for equality.
It is a pleasure to delve into Carla Gannis’ wwwunderkammer and experience this modern-day take on the concept. Agora are delighted to be in conversation with Carla Gannis on the 14th of April, where we will be discussing the process behind what has inspired this latest project.