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In recent South African history, monuments of previous leaders under colonialism and apartheid have come to be regarded as unwelcome. In March 2015 the Horse Memorial in Port Elizabeth was vandalized by members of the Economic Freedom Fighters, who dismantled it by pulling the figure of the soldier off of the base, leaving it discarded on the side of the road. This is just one example of many instances of the public expressing their disgust at seeing colonial-era monuments in a post democratic South Africa. Despite requests for the removal or relocation of colonial or apartheid-era monuments, the issue has remained divisive, and action on the part of the government has been slow. Some have argued that it is probably more productive to create new monuments, rather than merely tearing down old ones. This led me to the idea, why not modify in order to re-contextualize that which has become unwelcome?


Keywords: Horse memorial, war, colonialism, history,

Martyred Images

Mixed media Drawing by Adele van Heerden
Materials used
mixed media of ink and graphite on drafting film, framed behind glass.
Size
W:56.5cm x H:40cm x D:3cm
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      In recent South African history, monuments of previous leaders under colonialism and apartheid have come to be regarded as unwelcome. In March 2015 the Horse Memorial in Port Elizabeth was vandalized by members of the Economic Freedom Fighters, who dismantled it by pulling the figure of the soldier off of the base, leaving it discarded on the side of the road. This is just one example of many instances of the public expressing their disgust at seeing colonial-era monuments in a post democratic South Africa. Despite requests for the removal or relocation of colonial or apartheid-era monuments, the issue has remained divisive, and action on the part of the government has been slow. Some have argued that it is probably more productive to create new monuments, rather than merely tearing down old ones. This led me to the idea, why not modify in order to re-contextualize that which has become unwelcome?


      Keywords: Horse memorial, war, colonialism, history,

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