Anika Schwarzlose: Monuments of the Future – part 1


Anika Schwarzlose takes public art and the processes of monumentalization in the digital age as her starting point for her solo show at Skånes konstförening.

We relate to the shaping and preservation of our collective memory in continuously changing ways. In a time when, for many people, public sites increasingly loose their importance as places to visit, gather and contemplate, our relation to monuments is changing. Embodiments of collective memory remain socially relevant, as do our needs for shared acts of remembering, however, the processes of forming collective memories and their monumentalization are changing substantially.

Collective memory serves as an important mechanism for preserving and transferring society’s cultural capital, identity, coherence, and its existence, while government policies, social rules, popular culture and media can make a great influence in shaping it. Media and memory are closely intertwined, as media can enhance, corrupt, extend or replace memory. While personal memory feeds on media technologies, collective memory is defined by the media’s shaping powers. Mass media can influence collective memory by filtering, ordering, editing and inscribing past events, through its function as an archival resource.


Anika Schwarzlose is born in Berlin and based in Amsterdam. She graduated from Malmö Art Academy in 2012 and Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 2009.

Curator: Rickard Daun.