Triumph Arch

Steel 3mm (photo Vladimir Dmitrienko)
2.8x2.45x0.86m , 2010

The Arch is “based upon the Arch of Titus in Rome which was built to commemorate the triumph of the Roman emperor Titus in the Siege of Jerusalem, considers the partiality of history. In 70 AD Titus led an army of Roman soldiers to besiege and sack Jerusalem in order to put down an uprising of the Jews against Roman imperialism. He destroyed the Temple of Jerusalem dispersing or killing much of the city’s population. For this slaughter Titus was awarded a triumph; the Arch of Titus that honours his victory to this day. Sokol’s work .... modeled on the Arch of Titus in a scaled down form. The height ... is 2.8 metres and the entrance 1.5 metres, so that even the shortest adults cannot pass through them without bowing their heads....The symbol of the Arch of Titus and its physical place in Rome and historical place in Jewish memory is used by Sokol as an analogy for the core of dissent that underpins all cultures that are or have been subject to the violence and injustice of imperialism”. David Thorp

Collection of Krasnoyarsk Museum Center, Krasnoyarsk, Russia