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Galerie Jette Rudolph (closed, 2016)

Private Gallery
STEFANOS TSIVOPOULOS @ art forum berlin, 23. - 27. Sept. 2009
  we proudly present:

Lost Monument, 2009

Hall 11.2, Booth 108
Eröffnung / Opening:

23. September 2009
Premiere 11.00 - 15.00 Uhr
Preview 15.00 - 18.00 Uhr
Vernissage 18.00 - 21.00 Uhr

This year we present a solo-show with the Greek/Dutch artist STEFANOS TSIVOPOULOS to give his film Lost Monument (One Statue Keeps on Rising) its premiere at Art Forum Berlin. The film is accompanied by a series of photographs.

Lost Monument takes upon a controversial monument, a 4 meter bronze statue of former American president Harry S. Truman. The monument is located downtown Athens, Greece next to the historic triangle of Acropolis, Greek Parliament and Panathinaiko Stadium.

Ever since its erection in 1963 as a commemoration to the Truman Doctrine, the monument has been a favorite target of citizens wishing to express their opposition to the very idea of placing a US president's statue in the capital city of a country whose civil war was decided thanks to that very president's intervention. During the film the statue is discovered by two farmers in a field and it seems not possible to identify who the man in the statue is. Moreover it has no value which obviously got it thrown away. From that moment on the statue starts a journey, almost like another Ulysses, which sends it to several different sceneries in Greece and Turkey where the individuals involved have no knowledge about the statue and eventually want to get rid of it. The different groups of people the farmers, the bourgeois, the immigrants all represent parts of the Greek society and the Turkish fisherman is a clear reference to Turkey as being part of the Truman Doctrine.

The statue in the movie it's more than just a prop or a protagonist it is the representation of History itself. A forgotten, unidentified and undermined part of Greece's and Europe's contemporary History. The constant denial of this fact is amplified by the distinction between the object's artistic form on the one hand and its representation of political power on the other. The title applies throughout the movie a feeling of failing and loss. A feeling of misunderstanding. Something that becomes even more vivid in the last scene where the real position and identity of this lost monument is unveiled. More than anything else Lost Monument is an allegory and a metaphor over a particular political moment in Greece's contemporary History that has a lot of coherence to the present given the fact that monuments around the world are questioned and create controversy for the representation of power and political abuse.

Finally, it asks: If monuments is an other way to disguise History by transcending and glorifying it instead of exposing its true nature?
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