Europe

Julie Béna
Monuments

Through a gesture as simple of removing a tissue from its box, Monuments expresses the monumentality of memory. The object changes when each tissue is removed, though it seems to remain exactly the same. The tissue itself also invokes the white marble characteristic of national or civic monuments, the physical realizations of the past. in this work Julie Béna points out that the monument is not solid or static, but changing in each moment.

A graduate of the Villa Arson, Nice, Julie Béna completed her studies at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam. In her work, Béna displaces theatrical elements with uncertain images. Inventing hypotheses through the transformation of forms, she explores the magic that lies behind decor. The fictional hypothesis of representation allows for the articulation of a moment that has passed, or that is yet to come.