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Monument to a Fishmonger

Sam Curtis

Curtis' Monument to a Fishmonger, 2015, turns traditional hierarchies of art on its head. Using a genre usually reserved for the famous and powerful, he creates a memorial to an everyday worker of his profession - still alive and still working hard. Instead of bronze or marble Curtis is using ice as his medium of choice: not only an apt nod to the food industry, his sculpture also eschews any claim to permanent legacy or fame. Instead of lasting forever, it has to be re-made and re-installed everyday, itself a product of labour.'

text by Daniel F. Herrmann, Curator, Whitechapel Gallery