«When men die, they enter into history. When statues die, they enter into art. This botany of death is what we call culture. That’s because the society of statues is mortal. One day, their faces of stone crumble and fall to earth. A civilization leaves behind itself these mutilated traces, like the pebbles dropped by Petit Poucet. But history has devoured everything. An object dies when the living glance trained upon it disappears. And when we disappear, our objects will be confined to the place where we send black things: to the museum».Alain Resnais, Chris Marker e Ghislain Cloquet, Les Statues Meurent Aussi, 1953, film 29’ [t.d.c.]
The call for the next monographic issue of the magazine (XI, n.35, January-April 2021) has been published on roots§routes_research on visual cultures website, co-edited by Giulia Grechi and Salvo Lombardo, and entitled “Even the statues die”. An issue which will deal with crucial questions for our, so tumultuous, present and will propose a series of reflections on the relationship between decolonization and public spaces , between bodies, memories and “difficult inheritances” .
The deadline for submissions is set for November 15th, 2020 . For further and more specific information, read the call for proposals.