This Could be a Place of Historical Importance is a marble plaque with the words of the title engraved upon it in capital letters. The marble is white with grey veining, and the letters have been painted with gold paint, so that the plaque resembles an expensive historical memorial.
First exhibited in Documenta 6 in Kassel in 1977, this work is part of a series of plaques that Dimitrijevic photographed in various public locations. The first one was installed on Greek Street in Soho, London, in 1971, when Dimitrijevic was enrolled on the Advanced Sculpture course at St. Martin’s College of Art, London (reproduced in Kopeczky, p.177).
Dimitrijevic produced works for the series in a number of different formats, including plaques such as T12556 and photographs of mundane places with the slogan ‘THIS COULD BE A PLACE OF HISTORICAL INTEREST’ printed beneath (see T12555). The artist’s project as a whole aimed to both reveal and challenge the underlying power structures that determine what sites, people and dates are deemed historically and culturally significant. For Dimitrijevic chance played a defining role in history (‘There are no mistakes in history. The whole of history is a mistake’, quoted in Kopeczky, p.50)…