Featuring Pablo Bronstein, Iman Issa, Aleksandra Mir, Yorgos Sapountzis and Danh Vo; curated by Mark Sladen
Monuments at Lismore Castle Arts features five artists whose work addresses the role that monuments and memorials play in our society. The exhibition includes sculpture, works on paper, video and performance, with notable pieces that include large fragments of a reconstruction of the Statue of Liberty by Danh Vo, and a piece of ‘temporary architecture’ created especially for the castle’s garden by Pablo Bronstein.
Lismore Castle is a site rich in monuments, and one reference point for the exhibition is the role of stately homes and gardens in memorialising their creators. The role of vanity and propaganda in generating monuments can make them an easy target for satire, but the artists in this exhibition also suggest ways in which the monumental tradition might be co-opted, brought up to date or used to express new collective identities.
The works of Pablo Bronstein (born 1977 in Buenos Aires, lives in London) contain a satirical commentary on the history of Western architecture, with a special focus on the architecture of power. Bronstein is represented in the exhibition by the aforementioned installation in the garden, and by a set of computer-rendered drawings of fantastical corporate buildings.