At Memory's Edge
Monuments and memorials have long served as placeholders reinforcing certain ways of telling history. In recent years, they have made headlines as statues of former slave owners, police officers, and other power brokers have been toppled, dragged into rivers, vandalized, and removed from public space for their position as oppressive markers of white supremacy and racism. As certain states have passed laws prohibiting their removal, monuments around the nation have been destroyed, relocated to institutions and storage facilities, or replaced by new statues honoring previously unrecognized historical figures.
Featuring works by Ashley Freeby, Efrat Hakimi, Iris Helena, and Lihi Turjeman, At Memory’s Edge reflects on the construction of history, the form and function of monuments, and how, through questioning and challenging notions of memorialization, we address legacies of inequality and injustice. The exhibited works investigate monuments as wounds of the past—structures that have manipulated the built environment and framed how we, as individuals and a society, navigate and negotiate public space and collective memory. Yet, they also question whose voices are represented and silenced against the backdrop of our cities and urban spaces, and which narratives are deemed worthy of being fixed in history. In a moment of (inter)national reckoning with monuments and public commemoration, At Memory’s Edge invites viewers to take a closer look at fixtures in their own communities and how we respond, recover, reimagine, and redress who and what our society memorializes.
The project is funded in part by the NWSA Alumni Foundation Inspiration Grant; Locust Projects’ WaveMaker Grants, which is part of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts ’ Regional Regranting Program; and The Ellies, Miami’s visual arts awards presented by Oolite Arts. This project is also made possible with support from the Carlo and Micol Schejola Foundation, The Fountainhead Residency, and The Fundación Pablo Atchugarry.
Fundación Pablo Atchugarry Miami
January 15 - February 5, 2022
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Piero Atchugarry Gallery
September 25, 2021