Monuments describe to us the fact that something once happened at that site. While there are many monuments that remind us of important moments in history, there are also many that emphasize a different historical narrative. This likely stems from the fact that history is something that no one can perceive directly. Precisely because history cannot be seen, it is at times exaggerated and at times only the most convenient aspects are selected and edited for public presentation. The relationship between editing and historical record that is found in monuments is analogous to that which is found in the medium of photography, and both seem to be correlated.
In “Retouch”, these monuments have been photographed and retouched – their inscriptions removed. Through recording and the editing process, I aim to take the history of humanity as recording and editing and fix it in images.