Notes For a Remodeling Of Monuments

2018-In Progress

  • Site-Specific Intervention

  • Intervention (project)

  • Mixed media

  • Drawing

  • Oil Painting

  • Documents

  • 3D Models

 

 

United Kingdom,

United States of America,

 France.

 

 

 

Cleopatra’s Needles” and Luxor’s obelisk were some of the many monuments “donated” for diplomatic reasons to the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and France respectively.

 

Through a discourse that sought to generate the utopian idea of global community and reciprocal diplomatic relations, these voluntary donations “culminated” two centuries of diverse archaeological looting across the globe, and seemed to want to nuance domination, marginalization, and colonization. The historical particularities of these donations, their transfer and their new locations point to a kind of soft power that in the apparent solemnity of the monument and the “precious protected” object conceal “virtual” closenesses that have always been deprived of a real experience of reciprocity.

 

PROJECT FOR A REMODELING OF MONUMENTS recovers stories about the complex network of circulation of these monuments, the cultural “pollution”, the imaginary and the acts of power that their sites enunciate. This project aims to critically highlight the presence of “donated” or “looted” monuments by generating a fiction that raises (inspired by the particular history of each monument) various architectural renovations, from a shelter for migrants in the obelisk of Luxor in Paris or the “Cleopatra needle” in Central Park, to a “extra-maritime” territory belonging to Egypt in London.

 

Ulises Matamoros 

Notes for a remodeling of monuments 

 Site-specific intervention (Project)  

Drawing 2019 
Pencil, tape
 15.2 x 22.5 cm (6” x 9 7/82)

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Ulises Matamoros 

Notes for a remodeling of monuments 

 Site-specific intervention (Project)  

Collage 2019 
Graphite, pencil, tape
 15.2 x 22.5 cm (6” x 9 7/82)

 

Ulises Matamoros 

Notes for a remodeling of monuments 

 Site-specific intervention (Project)  

Collage 2019 
Graphite, pencil, tape
 15.2 x 22.5 cm (6” x 9 7/82)

 

Ulises Matamoros

Notes for a remodeling of monuments 

 Site-specific intervention (Project)  

 Drawing: graphite on canvas 2018

 80 x 100 cm ( 31 x 59 in)

 

Ulises Matamoros

Notes for a remodeling of monuments 

 Site-specific intervention (Project)  

 Drawing: graphite on canvas 2018

 150 x 100 cm ( 59 x 39 in)

 

Ulises Matamoros

Notes for a remodeling of monuments 

 Site-specific intervention (Project)  

 Drawing: graphite on canvas 2018

 80 x 100 cm ( 31 x 59 in)

 

Ulises Matamoros

Notes for a remodeling of monuments 

 Site-specific intervention (Project)  

 Drawing: graphite on canvas 2018

 80 x 100 cm ( 31 x 59 in)

 

Ulises Matamoros

Notes for a remodeling of monuments 

 Site-specific intervention (Project)  

 Panel, mixed media: modeling 3d on paper format, drawing, photography and photocopies 2018

 80 x 100 cm ( 31 x 59 in)

 

Ulises Matamoros

Notes for a remodeling of monuments 

 Site-specific intervention (Project)  

 modeling 3d on paper format 2018

 80 x 100 cm ( 31 x 59 in)

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