Monuments and squares are esthetic tools of the past. Set into urban surroundings they structure these areas and express the prevaling ideas of power and culture of the time. In the 20th century this became especially clear in those countries that harbored on the idea of nationhood and totalitarianism, e.g. USSR, Germany, Romania. The role of the monument in the public sphere has changed. Temporary and less massive solutions in Public Art are today sought and installed. The idea of the figurative and expressive monument has diminished. In the same time, public spaces generally have seen a dramatic loss of significance. Displays of power today are transmitted via media. The panoramic photos I have taken of Berlin, Moscow, Bucharest and Montréal in 2002/2003 address the issues of culture, history, power and society reflected in the interaction of monumental sculpture, architecture, streets and people.
Public Spaces / Public Bodies new: Staged Bodies
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