Or slippers I should say. . . prison slippers at that.
Last weekend, I made a special trip to the Bronx with my friend Sand to see artist Thomas Hirschhorn's installation "The Gramsci Monument". Hirschhorn is a Swiss artist (shout-out to my ancestral homeland!). In the 80s, Hirschhorn worked for a communist graphic design group called Grapus in Paris.
For his "monument" series, Hirschhorn consults underserved communities to construct and decorate a space that honors one of his favorite philosophers. "The Gramsci Monument" is situated in a housing project in the Bronx. The complex includes a workshop, a newspaper office, a radio station, a bar (all run by local residents), and a stage that hosts daily lectures from artists and philosophers. "The Gramsci Monument" is his first monument in the United States. He has constructed three others: in honor of Baruch Spinoza in Amsterdam, Gilles Deleuze in Avignon, and Georges Bataille in Kassel, Germany. Unfortunately, the monument closes officially tomorrow!
To learn more about Gramsci, the hunch-backed Marxist prison philosopher, my friend Sand wrote a helpful introduction (along with more pics of me!) for Dodge and Burn.
Reading the daily paper.
The stage is set. . .
"From the bottom to the top".