Decoding Dictatorial Statues

Ted Hyunhak Yoon


Onomatopee 157, 2019. Paperback, 192pp., 6.5 x 9.5 inches


Sparked by a database of images that when organised become a tool for decoding, the publication Decoding Dictatorial Statues by Korean graphic design researcher Ted Hyunhak Yoon, offers a real time analysis, an empirical understanding and data for reflection on gestural politics. While the work forefronts the actual status of statues, the various texts, collected by writer Bernke Klein Zandvoort, revolve around the different ways we can look at statues in public space. How can we decode statues and their visual languages, their object hood and materiality, their role as media icons and their voice in political debates?