Sep 19th 2019

Kandis Friesen: Monuments / Monumental
September 19 to September 23, 2019

A continuous series of tableaux vivants, Monuments / Monumental centers on the empty bases of former Lenin monuments filmed in villages and cities across Ukraine in 2016, removed from the era of 90s post-independence up until the beginning of the 2015 de-communization laws. With their Lenins removed, the bases remain as public architectures in public spaces, sculptures in themselves, awaiting new futures while constantly acknowledging their past and present.

Kandis Friesen’s work is anchored in diasporic language, dispersed translations, and disintegrating archival forms. Working across video, sculpture, installation, and text, her interdisciplinary compositions build from architectural, material, and spectral inhabitations of exile, amplifying minute and myriad histories at once. For more information, please visit

Monuments / Monumental will be projected each evening after dark, visible directly from the street. The storefront at 1224 W. Loyola Avenue will not be open during these dates.

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Image: Still from Monuments / Monumental courtesy of Kandis Friesen

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