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The Lost Men Installation Highlights Masculine Vulnerability

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - Published: • References: the-lost-men.net & designboom
'The Lost Men' is a series of temporary outdoor installations set up by artist Paul Emmanuel on France's Somme battlefields.

The installation is considered a 'counter-memorial' as it is non-partisan and does not celebrate soldiers of one particular side. Unlike traditional war memorials, this installation does not glorify war but instead seeks to pose questions about masculine vulnerability.

The Lost Men installation consists of five silk banners, each measuring 5 meters wide and 5 meters across, that bear photographs of the artist's body with the names of French, German, South African and allied servicemen who perished on the western front. The names were pressed into his skin without any reference to their nationality, ethnicity or rank.

The installation will be left in the landscape and abandoned to wind and the other elements.



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