Freedom Hill Monument, 2018, graphite and paint on paper, 35 x 70 in
These drawings were made in tandem with Downey's video What we came to see. Both works were produced in response to a group exhibition titled "Partial Views," organized by Elizabeth Tubergen in early 2018.
The Spomenik are public monuments unique to the former Yugoslavia and to its dream of pluralist authoritarianism, but as forms that reify paradox at the scale of the body, the relevance of these monuments persists. “Partial Views” is an exhibition project that explores their persistence.
'Spomenik' is the Serbo-Croatian/Slovenian word for 'monument', the root 'spomin' meaning memory. The Spomenik also commonly refer to a corpus of 37 public monuments made between 1960 and 1980 in the former Yugoslavia under Josip Broz Tito’s mandate. Although all commemorate the violence suffered under the Axis occupation of the region during WWII and acts of resistance by anti-fascist Partisans, also known as Tito’s army of rebels, many of the structures were designed and funded at the local level by the municipalities in which they are sited.
--Natasha Maria Llorens