Monumenta, 2018. Participative unique website, dimensions variable by device. For live project visit http://monumenta.co/
Monumenta is a public and participative web space dedicated to the contemporary anti-monument. Since antiquity, monuments have been used by authoritarian social forces to construct collective memory in the public space –be it by the state / government or a dictator– therefore they are also an exercise on fabricating national and political identities. Initially, the idea of Monumenta arose in response to the intent of the government of Puerto Rico to make a monument to the victims of Hurricane Maria, which were due more to their own incompetence and negligence than to climate disaster. While current identity politics are being co-opted by particular political agendas, it is important to expose the construct of cultural identity and to question the process of creating history.
What monuments are designed to hold the wrongdoings of the state in public consciousness or to cover up the dark side of its past? What fading or lost memories must be recovered uncompromisingly into public awareness?
Contributing to the decline of the monumental tradition that monumentalizes the 'past' and prescribes the relationship of community or nation with its past, Monumenta proposes to empower the public domain in a transnational space (www) defying the forces and borders of the construction of national identity.
Beyond the phallic-monumental forms that have dominated the public sphere, what other forms, figures, stories, metaphors, identities, aesthetics and uses could conform the monument today? Monumenta opens a space, in which experimentation can take form in a variety of content inputs, text entries and space to play with all these elements and their signifiers in the construction of collective, personal and autobiographical identities.
In accordance with Nat Skobeeva, a public monument must be built by the public, not for the public, I believe in contemporary technologies that offer possibilities for decentralized and non-prescriptive approaches and I am very interested in proving their potential.
As presented in last solo exhibition at Embajada gallery, San Juan.
Gabriella Torres Ferrer