Andrew Ranville

 

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Treasure of Lima: A Buried Exhibition

In the spring of 2014, I was invited to be a TBA21 Academy Fellow on an expedition to Isla del Coco in the remote Pacific. I took part in Treasure of Lima: A Buried Exhibition, curated by Nadim Samman. fter donating an artwork to be included in a contemporary treasure chest, I traveled with a expedition team aboard the research and art vessel Dardanella to help bury the treasure on the island. A duplicate chest containing only an encrypted map was sold at auction, raising $150,000 for the conservation and study of pelagic species around island. Isla del Coco is a National Park of Costa Rica and an UNESCO World Heritage Site and the project was carried out with the permission and support of the Costa Rican government.

The project questions traditional notions of collecting and exhibiting, and brings attention to this unique marine environment and its legendary history. I am honored to be included in this unique exhibition with artists such as Marina Abramovic, Doug Aitkin, Olafur Eliasson, Ed Ruscha. The chest was designed by architects ArandaLasch. Photographs are courtesy of TBA21 Academy and fellow artists.