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Material for a Sculpture Commemorating an Economist whose Name Now Marks the Street and Squares He Once Frequented, 2011

Installation, 215 x 156 x 58 cm

Iman Issa explores the lack of meaning in public monuments and how political regimes manipulate their symbolism. On this basis, between 2010 and 2012, she made ten installations under the title of Material. Each work refers to a real monument, known to the artist, especially in her native city of Cairo, but which she never identifies by name. Each consists of a series of objects and a lengthy wall text. Rather than revealing the name of the monument, the text describes it or speaks about its location and symbolism. These objects are the result of the deconstruction performed by the artist of the monument in question, refining its materials and symbolism and inviting the viewer to ascribe a new meaning. Thus she merges the coldness of the monuments with the subjectivity of the receiver.

The MACBA Collection owns two works in this series. The piece Material for a Sculpture Commemorating an Economist whose Name Now Marks the Street and Squares He Once Frequented consists of a large glass case with different objects belonging to a male character: a pair of binoculars, a pocket watch, a letter opener, two albums of photographs in black and white, elastic straps, a dice game and scissors, among other objects. The second piece, Material for a Sculpture Commemorating The Life of a Soldier Who Died Defending His Nation Against Intruding Enemies, presents us with four wooden sculptures on a white exhibition stand. A red cube, two blue rectangular shapes that intersect diagonally, three green ovals arranged from the largest to the smallest and a black sphere. Alongside is placed an open white book with four sheets whose colour corresponds to those of the figures accompanying the work.


Technical details

Original title:
Material for a Sculpture Commemorating an Economist whose Name Now Marks the Street and Squares He Once Frequented
Registration number:
5247
Artist:
Issa, Iman
Date created:
2011
Date acquired:
2014
Fonds:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation
Object type:
Installation
Dimensions:
215 x 156 x 58 cm (height x width x depth)
Edition number:
Ed. 2/3 + 2 P.A.
Credits:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation
Copyright:
© Iman Issa
It has accessibility resources:
No

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