David Cotterrell
 
Object of Doubt   Curated by Kirsty White

Celine Condorelli   Alexandra Domanovic   Jamie Fitzpatrick   Patrick Hough   Maryam Jafri   Emilio Moreno   Laura Mulvey & Mark Lewis
Aleksandra Domanović, Portrait (bump map), 2011, inkjet print, red frame, 72×52 cm, edition of 5 + 2 AP. Courtesy of the artist and Tanya Leighton, Berlin

Aleksandra Domanović, Portrait (bump map), 2011, inkjet print, red frame, 72×52 cm, edition of 5 + 2 AP. Courtesy of the artist and Tanya Leighton, Berlin  


Private view: Friday 18 October  6 - 9pm
19 October - 9 November 2019

The white nationalist rally that turned violent in Charlottesville, Virginia on 12 August 2017 brought renewed attention to the monuments dedicated to the Confederate States of America across the US. In recent years, several municipalities have been in the process of removing these statues from public grounds, driven by the belief that they glorify white supremacy and memorialise a government whose founding principle was the perpetuation and expansion of slavery. Those who object to the removals claim that the memorials are part of American cultural heritage.

When objects from the past sit uneasily with contemporary values, governments and individuals are faced with a choice—protect said artefacts for future generations or remove them from public display. Either option comes with a myriad of political, social and ethical implications. This group exhibition seeks to engage in these debates, presenting a variety of works by artists whose practices interrogate the ownership, preservation and destruction of artworks and cultural heritage. It highlights the longevity of ideology versus the longevity of material, as well as the potential to transform history through transforming the objects that record it.

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