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Amie Siegel, Provenance, 2013, HD-video projection, color, sound, 40 minutes 30 seconds.

Amie Siegel

Simon Preston

Amie Siegel, Provenance, 2013, HD-video projection, color, sound, 40 minutes 30 seconds.

Provenance, 2013, Amie Siegel’s new video and the linchpin of her recent exhibition in New York, focuses on furniture pieces designed by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret for their utopian building project in the northwestern Indian city of Chandigarh, tracking these sofas and stools as they travel from India to the high-end homes of collectors in Europe and the United States. The video progresses in a counterintuitive fashion. Rather than start with the furniture’s origin, Siegel begins with its destination, and then moves backward in time through each stage of the voyage. The work’s first images are long, elegant tracking shots of stools, chairs, and sofas in the homes and salons of the collectors, as well as aboard a lavish yacht. Next, Siegel shows the furniture being sold at auction houses, photographed for the auction catalogues, being restored in workshops. Finally, there

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