by Lori Goldstein
Increasingly we are experiencing the critical questioning of representation in public space, as recent monument debates demonstrate. Who is being represented in public and why? Who decides for others what is represented in public space? Such necessary and evolving tensions, among many, have led some public art curators, like Ciara McKeown, to question the traditional strategies used to commission public art. This interview illuminates some of the challenges and obstacles involved when working within the bounds of commissioning approaches that no longer respond to the contemporary context.