new-york

Dennis Adams

Christine Burgin Gallery

Dennis Adams’ installation here was another development in a series of public projects and proposals based on the French-Algerian War. Entitled Holy War, 1989, the work speaks to the inherent contradiction of a spiritually-inspired military conflict. The French-Algerian War was remarkable for its brutality—for France’s relentless aggression in the face of the Algerians’ determined progress toward independence. As in so many of his public works, Adams aims to incite active recollection; he challenges the viewer to remember even those historical passages that seem too horrific to remain in the collective consciousness. The strength of the work is in its aggressive, but engaging strategy of confrontation.

Adams depicts the anonymous fabric of the city and the useful structures of public life in his alternative memorials. Rather than reinscribe the monument with new meaning, he selects or

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