Monument

Statue of Lenin in Bishkek
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Lenin Statue in Bishkek

Kyrgyzstan

By Contested Histories Initiative May, 2022

The Lenin Statue in Bishkek was erected in 1984, during the 60th anniversary of the Kyrgyz Soviet Socialist Republic. Shortly after the fall of communism in 1991, all Lenin statues were taken down. However, Bishkek’s Lenin stood in the same square until 2003. This year, the square was going to… Read More

Statue of Faidherbe on horse at Lille
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Faidherbe Statue in Lille

France

By Contested Histories Initiative

For the bicentenary of the birth of French General Louis Faidherbe in 2018, a protest campaign named ‘Faidherbe Doit Tomber’ (Faidherbe Must Fall) was organised contesting the Monument au Général Faidherbe (monument to General Faidherbe) located in Lille, France. The statue, which was erected in 1896, celebrates the general’s heroism… Read More

Statue of Women and Man holding a child elevated above the Dakar Skyline
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African Renaissance Monument in Dakar

Senegal

By Jade

The African Renaissance Monument is a 50-meter tall statue in Dakar, Senegal, erected in 2010 as the project of then-President Abdoulaye Wade. It serves to commemorate the ‘African Renaissance,’ a political ideology that heralds a goal of growth and prosperity for the African continent in the 21st century. However, the… Read More

Cross section view of stone Pavois Monument encased in concrete shell exhibited in museum in Paris
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Monument to the Dead (Le Pavois) in Algiers

Algeria

By Jade

Built after the First World War, ‘Le Pavois’ was meant to symbolise unification between Europe and Africa. However, to the people of Algier, it is a symbol of the colonial past and French oppression. After Algeria gained independence in 1962, discussions between city representatives and local artists arose about the… Read More

Statue of Stalin infront of Museum in Gori, Georgia
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Stalin Statue in Gori

Georgia

By Jade

The removal of the Stalin statue from the central square in Gori represents a top-down policy implementation approach to a contested historical monument. Such implementations of Georgia’s Freedom Charter illustrate the legal framework under which symbols, monuments and names of sites related to the Soviet past become reconfigured. However, positions… Read More