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Sam Durant
Iconoclasm
Public sites across Glasgow
17 May — 11 Jul 2021

Across multiple outdoor sites throughout Glasgow, The Common Guild presents Sam Durant’s Iconoclasm – a series of drawings depicting acts of destruction enacted upon public statues and monuments. Based on images gleaned from various historical and contemporary sources, including newspapers and television reports, Durant’s graphite drawings render moments of intense disruption and call on current debates about how we relate to symbols in public space.

Presented in Glasgow as large-scale billboards and street posters, the fourteen original graphite drawings use a fugitive, labour-intensive form to document fleeting yet significant moments of historical change, commemorating the action. Their appearance in various sites around the city draws attention to questions of representation on our streets: who gets to occupy them and why.

Curated by The Common Guild

Public sites across Glasgow. See The Common Guild’s website for map of locations.

Related event: Sam Durant, Iconoclasm artist talk.

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