Toppled

a book, a lecture, a video
Toppled is a project around an archive of images of the fallen statues of Saddam Hussein collected from the Internet. A close reading of the images reveals an astonishing amount of information: the statues’ desecration and humiliation, their transformation from manifestations of Saddam’s totalitarian power into icons of his regime’s defeat, their expulsion from the public sphere, their appropriation into his enemies’ museums and their symbolic reinterpretation for use in anti-war protests. The lecture leads the audience through all these stories in dramatic, hilarious and pathetic moments, while the book additionally investigates the underlying motives for the varied responses to political statuary.

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