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Media Sites / Media Monuments (Washington D.C.), 1981

Photograph, 14 plafons fotogràfics;72 x 50 cm c/u; 1 pàgina: 39 x 45 cm

With this piece Muntadas began a series on historical memory, carried out in various physical and political geographies around the world. With black and white photographs taken from the media, he revives events that had taken place earlier in the centre of Washington, such as the civil rights demonstrations and indigenous protests in front of the White House in the seventies, or the murder of exiled Chilean opposition leader Orlando Letelier by agents of Pinochet in 1976. Muntadas matches each of these images with another, more current photograph, presented in colour, taken in the exact location. In this way the site is seen as “normalised” in the full sense of the term, with no trace of its past. In other pieces in this series, Muntadas documents historical silence and the omission of political memory in cities such as Buenos Aires, Budapest and Rome.

Technical details

Original title:
Media Sites / Media Monuments (Washington D.C.)
Registration number:
Date created:
MACBA Collection. Barcelona City Council long-term. Gift of Rafael Tous (in process of being incorporated)
Object type:
C-Print, gelatin silver print and offset print on paper
14 plafons fotogràfics;72 x 50 cm c/u; 1 pàgina: 39 x 45 cm (height x width x depth)
Edition number:
Ed. 3/3
MACBA Collection. Long-term loan of Barcelona City Council. Gift of Rafael Tous
© Muntadas, VEGAP, Barcelona
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