Folding Monument (Monumento a la revolución de octubre de 1944), 2020. Upcycled cotton canvas, canvas ribbons and thread (variable dimensions). Installation views: Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala City.

Images courtesy of Margo Porres.

 

Folding monuments is a new body of work consisting of a series of soft sculptures that contemplate the value and currency of existing monuments in our present day surroundings, by considering their socio-political and historical backgrounds. Each work is a scale replica of an existing monument and contains one or more ribbons that, when pulled, raise the work to its full form and when released, allow it to collapse on the floor. Alternately, the works may be ironed and folded to be displayed on shelves.

 

The work shown here is based on a monument located in Guatemala City (view image on next page), built to commemorate the 1944 Revolution, an important event in Guatemalan history which marks the overthrowing of dictator Jorge Ubico and the beginning of the "Democratic spring", led by presidents Juan José Arévalo y Jacobo Árbenz Guzmán.