Study for a Monument
Study for a Monument is born from a series of questions: How has the idea of monument changed today? Is it still possible to conceive of the monument in terms of a base and a figure above it that communicates something important to the rest of the people? It seems to us that today the idea of the monument is closer to an empty pedestal, first of all because of the difficulty of identifying a figure capable of supporting the weight of being a monument, and secondly because the values to be transmitted to the people change at the same velocity with which our society absorbs the present. This means, in our view, that the monument should represent values with the same speed, and then let the pedestal empty again, waiting to host a new person who wishes to transmit their values to the world for a few moments. The photographs of the performances each represent a precise idea, and then as a whole they represent a kind of study of the concept of the monument: of the form, the colors, and all the aesthetic values that are part of the monument. The base that we have chosen is a common object, a stepladder, to allow people to get up just enough to be visible to everyone, and then to focus, to transmit their thoughts to the world, and finally to get down again and be among the people continuing on with their lives. The stepladder is an object easily transportable from one place to another, and potentially anyone with a message to share with others can stand upon it to become a monument. For us, the monument is a temporal and social object.
Performance (people participation), photos