Cihad Caner’s new work sketches the (hi)story of the green marble platform behind the main podium of the United Nations' headquarters’ assembly hall in New York City. The ensemble of works playfully materializes the memory of the marble slab, which bore witness to multiple incidents, the rise and fall of political leaders, and momentous thresholds of the past seventy years since it was brought from northern Italy in the 50's. What would happen if the green marble platform could talk, what would it say? To this end, Caner created an imaginary protagonist for a mocap CGI video with a non-linear narrative populated by fact-based incidents and fictional ones.
With ever-shifting political landscapes, existing forms of remembrance may be transformed or reinterpreted, or they may be altogether obliterated and new commemorative may emerge in their place. The work aims to constitute an exercise in memory and a testimony against forgetting. After all, remembering, as well as forgetting, is a highly politicized and social process.
This project is made possible with the support of CBK Rotterdam and Mondriaan Fonds.