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By Jena Osman

Public Figures is an essay-poem with photos and textual content that starts with a playful idea test: statues of individuals in public areas have eyes, yet what are they ? to reply to that query, Jena Osman units up a digicam to trace the gaze of a couple of statues in Philadelphia—mostly nineteenth century army figures wearing guns. How does their perspective vary from our personal? and the way does it examine, say, to the perspective of different watchful army figures, comparable to drone pilots? during this ebook, Osman combines the histories at the back of those statues with poetic narratives that ask us to contemplate our personal relational positions, and the way our personal daily gaze could be complicit with the gun-sights of conflict. Public Figures illustrates how background is remodeled, or even erased, by way of monuments and different public files of occasions. via poetry, these histories might be made obvious back. cost for the web reader’s spouse at http://publicfigures.site.wesleyan.edu.

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Picture: a guy runs ahead with a sack below his arm. All different eyes glance off to the appropriate in worry. A soldier issues off to the precise, his left hand attempts to beat back the invisible. a lady with a child over her shoulder. the lady lifts her baby from the floor. the lady leans ahead, the soldier backward. A crowd operating over the hill. Are they chuffed? Are they apprehensive? Are they good friend or foe? Caption: In a trailer simply outdoors of Las Vegas. in the event you might see what I’ve visible. round the corners and over hills. I observed it. In her essay “Sculpture within the accelerated Field,” Rosalind Kraus writes of monuments similar to those (figurative, vertical, with popular pedestals) as conversing “in a symbolical tongue concerning the which means or use of a place,” yet that overdue within the nineteenth century, a type of sitelessness or “loss of position” took over and the common sense of the monument started to fade. those males with out a domestic, with no website to name their very own. You input coordinates and spot airspace. he went all the way down to get water    he’s carrying on with again to get extra water or something    the baby introduced whatever with no website to name your personal to determine the body that blinds to determine the sigh in sighted stone the stone to name the lime to blind with out a sight to name your individual to determine the body that blinds to wander during the weary useless to take a sword to neck and head to the 2 individuals    at this aspect are you convinced that you've ID    roger    I think that’s a adversarial act the truth is those monuments moved round. The Washington Grays sculpture started out on the intersection of vast and Girard (1872). It was once then moved to Washington sq. (1898), as a result transferred to Fairmount Park on Lemon Hill force (1954), and at last landed in entrance of the Union League (1991). that’s within the comparable region that we observed them cover    roger copy    it simply detonated via itself    they simply blew entire in 1877, the sculpture “Stone Age in the United States” was once shipped from France, to be proven on the American paintings organization exhibition in big apple urban. whilst it arrived in Philadelphia, it used to be exhibited on the Haseltine and corporate gallery, then stood quickly outdoor the put up place of work at 9th and Chestnut until eventually it used to be put in close to Sweetbriar Mansion in West Fairmount Park in 1888. In 1893 it was once despatched to Chicago for the World’s Columbian Exposition, and then it back to the Sweetbriar Mansion region till 1985, whilst it used to be relocated to a grassy plot close to Boathouse Row. it simply detonated by means of itself    they simply blew themselves up they it sounds as if simply blew themselves up Are you wasting your home? You tune your individual coordinates as you progress from base to platform, the cellular plinth. tracking    I acquired the sq. development and the rectangle building    to the northwest    we have a sq. construction Ian Hamilton Finlay’s “Man with Panzerschreck” modifies a duplicate of a classical statue (which made its manner through replication from Greece to Rome to the British Museum to Little Sparta) in order that the younger athlete casually holds a German anti-tank rocket launcher from international warfare II.

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