Sunday, April 25, 2010

Martha Rosler | "Unsettling the Fragments" | Muenster Sculpture Project 2007

In Unsettling the Fragments, Rosler produces a reading of Munster's history through its architecture and institutions. In one of many proposed or realised moves, Rosler re-sites replicas of the cages used to display the corpses of leading Anabaptists after their torture and execution in 1536, which hang from the tower of St Lambert's church high above the consciousness of shoppers and pedestrians in the old town, to the veranda of the municipal library. The human scale of these articles of torture and display is returned to heretics who dared to imagine and proclaim heaven on earth. A viewer needs little if any prompting to read the fragments Rosler unsettles into active memory.

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