BODIES & HEROES |
silent voices speak
Part of the ongoing archive project, Park Project Berlin
Who and what we monumentalize in public space operates in a similar fashion. Historically monuments were the PR of the state. Visit Rome and you’ll see images of the Virgin Mary in various building corners and walls, reminding people to be virtuous. Today’s equivalent is advertising space. Politicians now compete with advertisers for goods and services. But the statues are still public and still broadcast their messages whether we perceive them consciously or not.
Who is represented in our public spaces and who is missing? Moving into a post-figurative art movement is not enough to explain the discrepancies that continue to exist in our public spaces. Monuments have been moved throughout history to serve the political agenda of the people in power. But monuments have also been demanded by groups calling for remembrance and space in the public mind.
PUBLIC FUTURES, [Database of non-fictional figures & Video] MONUMENTAL WOMEN [Video], the 13 named women statues in Berlin [TRT 8 min]
FICTIONAL FIGURES [Images and Database], Monuments and Statues of Berlin, including named people and allegorical representations
WALL OF WOMEN [Images] Notes on the parks and squares named after women (45 out of 2,500)
OUT OF CONTEXT [Photos] Various images of violence that exist without context throughout the city
MONUMENTAL FIGURES [Cut-out Images] Contrasting the height of the Bismarck Monument, built in 1901 during the rise in the cult of personality, and the Trümmerfrauen, created after the Second World War to honor the labor of the women who helped to remove the rubble of broken buildings across Germany.
MAP: Link to map of the parks named after women in Berlin.
TRUTH TREES TRUST
Bodies & Heroes
Dates: July 27-August 6