Thomas Hirschhorn, Gramsci Monument

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  • Romain Lopez

    Thomas Hirschhorn, Gramsci Monument, 2013

  • Romain Lopez

    Thomas Hirschhorn, Gramsci Monument, 2013

  • Romain Lopez

    Thomas Hirschhorn, Gramsci Monument, 2013

  • Romain Lopez

    Thomas Hirschhorn, Gramsci Monument, 2013

  • Romain Lopez

    Thomas Hirschhorn, Gramsci Monument, 2013

  • Romain Lopez

    Thomas Hirschhorn, Gramsci Monument, 2013

  • Romain Lopez

    Thomas Hirschhorn, Gramsci Monument, 2013

  • Romain Lopez

    Thomas Hirschhorn, Gramsci Monument, 2013

Romain Lopez

Thomas Hirschhorn, Gramsci Monument, 2013

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George de Stefano

What a clueless and condescending review. It's "insufferably elitist" to name this monument after Gramsci? Does Pollack have any idea who Gramsci was, other than "the Marxist philosopher and founder of the Italian Communist Party, who was jailed by Mussolini and died in prison in 1937"? And she's even wrong about that -- he died after being released from prison. Gramsci is the most important Marxist thinker other than Marx himself and his influence has been and remains enormous and international. Stuart Hall, Gayatri Spivak, Cornel West, Paulo Freire, Edward Said, Eqbal Ahmad and many, many others are indebted to Gramsci. His ideas have shaped political science, critical theory, cultural studies and postcolonial theory. And despite Pollack's complaint that honoring Gramsci with a monument in the Bronx is "Eurocentric," Gramsci's concepts of hegemony and subalternity have informed the work of many non-Europeans, some of whom I've mentioned here. Pollack thinks it would have been "better" if the monument honored Frantz Fanon. But as she acknowledges, the Forest House residents love the Gramsci monument and even find it "empowering." Yet for Pollack, who thinks she knows better, they probably shouldn't. Now who's the elitist here? And by the way, no one cares about Fanon anymore. He's inconsequential compared to Gramsci. Note: My one star rating here is for Pollack's review, not the monument.