Monuments

Posted on Apr 19, 2013 in Michelle Claire Gevint
Monuments

For this work I used Google Images search engine to collect images of monuments that are located in Israel. Israel’s landscape is covered with many different kinds of monuments. These monuments with either national or international significance all have a political and social stance. The main reason for their existence is to mold and create a unified collective memory by commemorating and revering the dead. However, monuments not only act as cultural agents by providing a place of mourning and reverence, but they also build and create a sense of unification and belonging.
In each consecutive image of this work the monument is cut out, resulting in an image with a white patch where the monument was situated. Projection is used in order to accentuate the light as a dominant factor, emanating from within the image. This emphasizes the empty space that creates a new structure within the image. The absence of the monument raises political and historical questions regarding the role of monuments in society. How they are used sustain and at the same time mold history. What role do they play in the formation of personal and collective identity. The absence also emphasizes the shape and form of the structures and by doing so reflects the relationship between shape and form and the process in which both collective and personal memory are formed.
The second frame provides information regarding the reason for and the location of the monument. My interest on the role of these monuments comes from my own personal experience growing up in a country that is filled with numerous monuments commemorating dead soldiers, international tragedies and personal ones.