Monuments at Lismore Castle Arts features five artists whose work addresses the role that monuments and memorials play in our society. The exhibition includes sculpture, works on paper, video and performance, with notable pieces that include large fragments of a reconstruction of the Statue of Liberty by Danh Vo, and a giant piece of ‘paper architecture’ created especially for the castle’s garden by Pablo Bronstein.
Lismore Castle is a site rich in monuments, and one reference point for the exhibition is the role of stately homes and gardens in memorialising their creators. The role of vanity and propaganda in generating monuments can make them an easy target for satire, but the artists in this exhibition also suggest ways in which the monumental tradition might be co-opted, brought up to date or used to express new collective identities.
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