Exhibitions. Art and Research 2011
ALEXANDER PROVAN (Tennessee, 1983). Lives and works in New York.
July 13 - September 30, 2012
Popular Legacy is a study for a memorial. An exhibition and a publication composed primarily of reproductions of documents taken from an abandoned Iraqi embassy in former East Berlin, and materials related to the history of memorialization in Germany and the bureaucracy governing that process. Popular Legacy is also a study for what is not, cannot, and perhaps should not be a memorial. This project consider the way in which historical meaning is consolidated and fixed to certain symbols, documents, monuments, ruins, procedures, and discourses; how that meaning might be loosed from such forms, circulated by other means and to divergent ends.
The title Popular Legacy is taken from a magazine of folklore produced by Iraqs Ministry of Culture and Information in the 1970s and 80s.