Monuments to Loneliness and Neglect

DECLAN CLARKE / IRL

*1974, lives and works in Berlin

Monuments to Loneliness and Neglect brings together the national flags of European countries that todays have disappeared from the map. The length of time they were extant ranges from 394 years to one month, and over a period of time that ranges from 1440 to 1992. For Showing True Color Clarke selected five flags: that of the gone Austrian Empire, the Cretan State, the Republic of Cospaia, the Transcaucasian Democratic Federative Republic, the Kuban People’s Republic and the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

Clarke has always been a political artist in his work. A man for a realistic view of the here and now, but with great enthusiasm for revolutions and utopias. After moving to Germany, he used his cinematic research Loneliness in West-Germany to approach and investigate his new home, the city of Berlin. By means of studying the movement June 2nd, which was named for the day the student Benno Ohnesorg was shot by a policeman in West-Berlin in 1967, and which carried out left-wing revolutionary terrorist attacks in West Germany in the 1970s. The fact that the artist tried to understand his new home through assassinations, bombings and kidnappings immediately makes sense when you consider that he comes from a country in whose DNA civil and partisan war is deeply inscribed and which is still divided today. One senses a certain sympathy for internally torn nations and those in a state of crisis and one feels the melancholy of the artist in the face of failed states and collapsed nations.

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