Liane Lang

(b 1973Germany. Lives and works in London)

Lang’s work revolves around the figure in sculpture: its animacy, its verisimilitude, and its complex relationship to the real human body. In recent projects, she has approached the figurative statue as a focus for memory and legacy, societal and political power, and the detritus of the past. “I think of my work as iconoclasm,” she says, “as thought experiment and performance without performers.”

Lang is fully aware of the universality of statuary and figurative monuments, having existed in almost every culture for thousands of years, yet they remain a fraught subject. They are objects of empires, of misrepresented history and erasure. Lang hopes her creations can spark conversation in the here and now about what a contemporary monument might look like.

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