These pieces belong to a series of unique works known as FBI Seeds, initiated by Merhi in 2013. The sculptures were made of formerly classified documents obtained directly from the FBI.
FBI Seeds (Einstein # 1, 2, 3, 4) is comprised by tridimensional paper hexagons printed with data. Each hexagon stands on a Plexiglas support covered with once-secret information about the German-American physicist, Albert Einstein.
Einstein, one of the greatest scientists of all time, awarded with the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921, was considered by Time Magazine as the most influential person of the 20th century.
The FBI started keeping a secret dossier on him in December 1932. By the time of Einstein’s death on April 18, 1955, the FBI file was 1427 pages long. Einstein was clearly opposed to the canon of authority. In 1901 he declared that “unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.” FBI Seeds extends the interest of Merhi in questioning the notion of privacy, who transmutes confidential data from institutions and historical figures into fragile poetic objects.