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Sam Durant


Glasgow International Online

11 June – 31 July 2021

Sam Durant’s two-channel video ‘Trope’ (2020) accompanied The Common Guild’s presentation of the artist’s ‘Iconoclasm’ drawings across outdoor sites in the city from 17 May – 11 July 2021. Both the drawings and the video depict historical and contemporary acts of destruction enacted upon statues and monuments in the public realm.

Many of the ‘Iconoclasm’ drawings were taken from original newspaper photo-reportage and television footage. Likewise, ‘Trope’ is a compilation of recent and archival news clips collected and collaged together from anonymous internet sources. The video portrays the simultaneous toppling and resurrection of public statuary in different locations around the world – including the spontaneous deposition of the statue of Edward Colston by Bristol residents in 2020 – ‘Trope’ emphasising the cyclical and recursive nature of iconoclastic acts and the compulsion to destroy symbols of the past.

Sam Durant ‘Trope’ (2020)
 was available to watch on Glasgow International's Digital Platform from 11 June – 31 July 2021.

Sam Durant ‘Trope’ (2020)

Two channel video with sound
12 minutes, 35 seconds
Video editor Ana Branea, Sound design Laurențiu Coțac.
Courtesy of the artist and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles.


Sam Durant – Artist Talk
Sam Durant – 'Iconoclasm'