Defending the dead, desecrating monsters : Iconoclastic class struggle in so-called public spaces

Ray, Gene (HEAD - Genève, Haute école d'art et de design, HES-SO // Haute école spécialisée de Suisse occidentale)

In public squares and spaces everywhere, we cross the shadows and stroll under the gazes of bronze conquerors and national heroes, sitting horseback or striding boldly, arms in hand. Anchors of ideology, these monuments honor the victors of history, as Walter Benjamin called them – those who step on and over the defeated, in an unbroken chain of domination stretching back into the mists of time. But the politics of remembrance are caught in the force field of violence, and the dead are called to both sides in the class war. The combat of cultures of the dead is integral to the struggles of the living, and therefore “not even the dead will be safe,” as Benjamin put it, “if the enemy wins.” Heroic memorials have become the flashpoints of contemporary struggles over the interpretation of history, all the more so as fascist mass movements establish themselves across Europe and much of the world.


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abstract
Faculty:
Design et Arts visuels
School:
HEAD - Genève
Institute:
HEAD Institut de recherche en art et en design - IRAD
Publisher:
Amsterdam, Amsterdam Centre for European Studies - ACES
Date:
2020-03
Amsterdam
Amsterdam Centre for European Studies - ACES
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1 p.
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Defending the dead, desecrating monsters : Iconoclastic class struggle in so-called public spaces
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