caracas

Daniel Medina, Reja naranja (Orange Bars), 2012, metal, vinyl paint, 35 3/8 x 74 3/4 x 74 3/4".

Daniel Medina

Periférico Caracas | Arte Contemporáneo

Daniel Medina, Reja naranja (Orange Bars), 2012, metal, vinyl paint, 35 3/8 x 74 3/4 x 74 3/4".

In 2003, the private owners of a copy of Rodin’s Monument to Balzac, 1898, removed it from a courtyard of the Caracas Athenaeum, apparently fearing politically motivated vandalism. The next year, demonstrators knocked down the figure of Christopher Columbus from the Monumento a Colón en el Golfo Triste, erected a century earlier to commemorate the four hundredth anniversary of the arrival of the explorer in the Americas. Daniel Medina has recorded those dramatic events in his native city by culling from the Internet a photograph of each of the eviscerated public sites, which he then included in an installation titled Lo que es del pueblo va pa’l pueblo y lo que es del cura va pa’la iglesia (Give to the People What Belongs to the People, and Give to the Priest What Belongs to the Church) (all works 2012). He hung the images on opposite walls, each in front of a small patinated-plaster

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