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By Jena Osman

Public Figures is an essay-poem with images and textual content that starts with a playful inspiration test: statues of individuals in public areas have eyes, yet what are they taking a look at? to respond to that question, Jena Osman units up a digital camera to trace the gaze of a few statues in Philadelphia—mostly nineteenth century army figures sporting guns. How does their viewpoint fluctuate from our personal? and the way does it examine, say, to the viewpoint of alternative watchful army figures, corresponding to drone pilots? during this e-book, Osman combines the histories in the back of those statues with poetic narratives that ask us to consider our personal relational positions, and the way our personal daily gaze should be complicit with the gun-sights of warfare. Public Figures illustrates how background is remodeled, or even erased, through monuments and different public files of occasions. via poetry, these histories might be made obvious back. fee for the web reader’s better half at http://publicfigures.site.wesleyan.edu.

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