montreal

Mark Lewis

Dazibao

Mark Lewis’ irreverent large-scale black and white photographs printed on color paper poke fun at official public monuments. His intention is to underscore the universal propagandistic function of the commemorative statue. Cast in a realist mold, these generic icons police our collective, historic memory. Their purpose is seldom questioned; it is largely ignored. In times of great social change or revolution, they suddenly become poignant symbols of past political orthodoxies and are torn down, destroyed, or dismantled as their hidden meaning shifts.

In order to expose the stylistic similitude of these mnemonic monuments no matter what ideological progress they are designed to serve, Lewis placed a life-size replica of Lenin directly opposite a recently erected monument to Felix Leclerc, a Quebec nationalist poet, in Lafontaine Park in Montreal. Within a week the statue had been knocked

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