25 September 2008

Since we last spoke about monuments

Until 9 November, Stroom Den Haag in The Hague is holding an exhibition titled 'Since we last spoke about monuments', which is part of a programme called Nu Monument. As the exhibition's press release states, there are "fervent debates the world over about what to remember - where, how and to whose benefit -, public works commissioned, defaced or deplored, countless instances of symbolic abuse in public space evince the extent to which monuments are still with us today, as screens for projecting political or social emergencies, for enacting cultural memory."

Included in the exhibition is Sam Durant's Defaced Monuments project. Christopher Columbus seems to be a regular victim, including THIS plinth in Caracas that once held a Columbus statue. Last time we checked, the Columbus Monument in BARCELONA was still well.

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