Richmond Anti-monuments 2

Richmond Anti-monuments 2

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My initial inspiration for this project was the numerous monuments in Richmond and the cultural baggage they carry with them. The heroes, who Richmond has used for its monuments and who southern culture idealizes, are defended as courageous warriors, great statesmen, and inspiring men. The fact that these men lead and directed an entire nation into a war that cost thousands of lives, in which one of the goals was the enslavement of a race, is not forgotten but rather ignored. All monuments of the south have this shadow that is willingly ignored. My project was to create monuments out of these shadows that are willingly ignored by southern culture and monuments, such as aspects of bad health, ignorance, and racism. (It should be noted that these aspects are not ignored by non-southerners) #anti #art #historic #monument #monuments #richmond #vcu
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