Monument

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Monument 1980–1 marks a continuation of Hiller’s interest in lost or forgotten identities. The work was prompted by her discovery of a neglected Victorian monument to civilian heroes in a little-known park in the City of London. The artist photographed and enlarged the park’s memorial plaques and arranged a selection corresponding to each year of her own life. She situated a park bench in front of the photographs, inviting viewers to become an element in the work while listening to its soundtrack.

The use of sound in the work was an innovative development at the time. On the soundtrack the artist suggests there is an unacknowledged uncanny aspect to sound recording, which allows the dead to speak to us.

Monument 1980–1
41 photographs, park bench with audio component
Duration 14 minutes 23 seconds
Tate. Purchased 1994
 T06902