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Media Sites / Media Monuments (Buenos Aires), 2007

Installation, 50 x 250 cm
Media Sites/Media Monuments (Buenos Aires) is part of a project made in Washington DC in 1981, in Budapest in 1998 and in Buenos Aires in 2007. On this occasion, the entire Argentinean series is shown. Using archive images, Muntadas identifies places with a powerful historical resonance such as the Plaza de Mayo; the Avellaneda train station, where the police killed two unarmed demonstrators in 2002; or the nightclub República Cromañón, where 194 people died in a fire in 2004. In each case, Muntadas also photographs these places in the present. Shown in pairs, the black-and-white of the old images dialogues with the colour of the present, devoid of any emotional charge. Those places that were once projected in the media as memorable have lost their media ‘noise’ and are now displayed as if nothing had ever happened.

Technical details

Original title:
Media Sites / Media Monuments (Buenos Aires)
Registration number:
3641
Artist:
Muntadas
Date created:
2007
Date acquired:
2009
Fonds:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium
Object type:
Installation
Media:
C-Print and wooden shelves
Dimensions:
50 x 250 cm (height x width)
Edition number:
Edició de 9 + 3 P.A.
Credits:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium
Copyright:
© Muntadas, VEGAP, Barcelona
It has accessibility resources:
No

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Audios

FONS ÀUDIO #11 Muntadas
24.11.2011
I like to work with what is often called "cultural heritage", but the materials that I use are banal and clichéd, like sugar blocks, doors, couscous, rugs, official documents.
Latifa Echakhch