Truth and Reconciliation is a 3D printed model of a defiled Franco statue in Blanca, Murcia, Spain that was 3D scanned during the artists’ residency at Centro Negra. The monument is a rare sight in most of Spain where many of such monuments have been removed. However, Blanca and the Ricote Valley in general benefited quite considerably from Franco’s hydrological projects that facilitated the rise of the region as the breadbasket of Spain and Europe. Torn between the supporters and dissenters of Franco’s legacy, the Blanca town council decided to abstain from action on the monument, leaving citizens to reconfigure the monument in an unofficial capacity. The result is powerful testament to the contested memory of the dictator and the largely ongoing silence and lack of official truth and reconciliation movements following numerous historical atrocities.


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Born in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1987, Kalmenson’s practice is concerned with the mediation of histories and ongoing narratives by state, institutional and corporate bodies, and how transformations in the architecture and landscape of communication, visualization and spatiality function to radically reposition the individual in relation to constructed knowledges and lived experience.

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Truth and Reconciliation, 2014
15 x 5 x 5 cm (5.91 x 1.97 x 1.97 in)
Courtesy of the artist and Pari Nadimi Gallery, Toronto

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Truth and Reconciliation
  • Dimensions
    15 x 5 x 5 cm (5.91 x 1.97 x 1.97 in)