A WORLD OF STATUES
“A world compartmentalized, Manichaean and petrified, a world of statues: the statue of the general who led the conquest, the statue of the engineer who built the bridge. A world cocksure of itself, crushing with its stoniness the backbones of those scarred by the whip.“ Frantz Fanon
Fanon’s words from The Wretched of the Earth (1961) were written in the context of the colonial struggles of their time, but they could equally be applied to the moment we now find ourselves in, where histories are being both questioned and defended.
The word “monument” comes from the Latin for “warning,” as if a memorial’s original function were to caution from the vantage of history. Some monuments are considered grand symbols of past civilizations, others are statues of famous or forgotten men, often forged in bronze or stone, sitting in parks and on roundabouts, celebrating wins and glossing over failures. Whom and of what do they warn?
A World of Statues is a group exhibition of photography and video about the poetics and politics of memorial and memory.