The possession of the world is not my priority

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La possession du monde n’est pas ma priorité is an inexhaustible collection of fake stones for aquariums made of synthetic resin that Théo Mercier has collected on his voyages since 2009. Bought in pet stores all over the world, these imitations arising from post-industrial nature are then arranged and exhibited on shelves of different formats and become the curiosities of an imaginary geological and mineralogical collection. Through this shift of status and context, Théo Mercier underlines the theatrical and profoundly nostalgic character of these objects of domestic decor by staging the illusion of a bit of aquatic life under glass, an image that corresponds to modern ideas about Nature.