Curated by: Stanisław Welbel
Artist: Daniel Malone
This exhibition, specially conceived for Ludlow 38, is based on a set of questions regarding the legal status, rights and responsibilities of art in public spaces (both outdoors and in Museums, Universities, etc.) including contemporary forms of censorship and historical revision. It draws on a few very specific stories relating to contemporary figurative art and forms of public monuments found in the former Communist Block, as well as the current debate around the removal of Confederate and other colonialist and/or racist statues in the US. All of these monuments speak of the historical context in which they were created as well as the contemporary moment under which they are currently being re-evaluated and contested. Most importantly they all question the very idea of a monument as something singularly representative (of shared history), and fixed (monumental) in its meaning. Often the contestation takes the form of physical violence; however, ultimately (and paradigmatically for the use of the law) their value (politically, aesthetically, culturally) is fought over by proxy in the, at least theoretically, cold, calm, precise, realm of the law—through censorship, destruction, removal or reproduction and protection—essentially a question of visibility/presence or the monument's right to exist.