Tuesday, 16 August 2011
Liberation monuments and the passage of time.. number 2
Budapest's solution has been to transport the statues to a park a long way out of town and exhibit them as part of a collection of 'items removed once we got our country back' including highly sensitive films shown to Secret Policemen about how to carry out bugging, surveillance and busts.. when even the projectionist had to leave his booth in case he came across the secrets.
To a society growing up with Facebook, Twitter and all modern forms of communication - which can as we know also be tracked by states seeking to quell unrest (ie David Cameron's riot retribution) - Hungary's years in the grip of unwanted totalitarianism seem sad.
The capture and direction of art and artists, sculpture and sculptors and all associated art forms to the glorification of totalitarianism is something that seems deeply regrettable.
Budapest's Memento Park offers food for thought for those who think occupation is a state of mind.
Occupation of the Mind starts with the young, and here are examples of how the young have been co-opted into the 'revolution'.
A Soviet soldier with a child, the Red Star on his hat: a group of Pioneers so committed to the cause.
Get them early and they'll be yours forever, the saying goes.
Where have we heard that before?