Prague

Zhanna Kadyrova, Second Hand, 2017, mixed media, 36 3⁄4 × 20 7⁄8 × 1 1⁄8". From the series “Second Hand,” 2014–.

Zhanna Kadyrova, Second Hand, 2017, mixed media, 36 3⁄4 × 20 7⁄8 × 1 1⁄8". From the series “Second Hand,” 2014–.

Zhanna Kadyrova

ZAHORIAN & VAN ESPEN

Communist-era statues remain a divisive issue in the former Soviet empire. In Prague, for example, a controversy recently flared up over the monument to the Soviet general Ivan Konev, who liberated the city from the Nazis in 1945 but also led the brutal suppression of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and was involved in preparing for the invasion of Czechoslovakia by Warsaw Pact troops in 1968. The municipal administration had the statue veiled to protect it from vandals, then voted to have it removed this past September. Supporters and opponents of Konev have held rallies at his feet. To avoid such conflicts, the Ukrainian-born artist Zhanna Kadyrova has devised an innovative solution: Her Monument to a New Monument, 2007–2009, is a white tile sculpture that seems to show a heroic figure covered by a sheet, as if to suggest that future statues can be veiled from the day they are installed.

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