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Men and Monuments

3 March 2020

For the past decade, in an ongoing project titled The Lost Men, renowned artist Paul Emmanuel has challenged conventions around war memorials. He has questioned which soldiers are memorialised and which erased, and the stereotypes around soldiers and masculinity. In contrast to accepted practices where war memorials are erected using robust, permanent and immovable materials such as granite, he commemorates the forgotten using his own transient and vulnerable body to transform himself into a living, but temporary war memorial.  
 
Artworks from all three iterations of The Lost Men are featured in Paul Emmanuel – Men and Monuments. The works were envisioned as ‘counter-memorials’. Large silk and voile banners serve as temporary monuments – highlighting vulnerability – an aspect of masculinity so often denied by history and society. The banners were produced through a gruelling physical process; Emmanuel impressed the names of randomly selected servicemen into his skin without reference to rank, nationality or ethnicity. His imprinted, naked and inflamed skin was then photographed and the images transferred onto delicate silk banners. The fragility of the banners subtly addresses the vulnerability of the male body and the violence of its exposure to war, history, the elements and our gaze. 
 

Participating: Paul Emmanuel

VENUE:

WITS ART MUSEUM (WAM)
Address: Corner Bertha (ext. of Jan Smuts Ave) and Jorissen Streets, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
Tel: 011 717 1365
Hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays 10:00 - 16:00.




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