︎ The Pedestal
by Atlan Arceo-Witz
Monuments have come under scrutiny with the recent movements for social change and a public reckoning with problematic historical symbols. I mean this piece to catalyze our thinking about legacy, public space, and the stories we tell ourselves. No human being is perfect and yet we deify members of society, neglecting the complex multitudes we all contain. Can it be said that monuments make a bigger difference to society than the people themselves? What are monuments for and do they have a place in the progressive and equitable future of our communities?
︎︎︎ Atlan Arceo-Witzl is a Mexican-American visual artist and creator whose work is concerned with everyday rituals, icons, symbols, objects, and language. In his artistic practice, the cultural production of print ephemera, craft of the sign-painting industry, redefining "American" through a Latinx lens, and documenting/ recording of events across multiple mediums/ languages are current points of focus.
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