Talks / Workshops

Marking Absences – Shifting Narratives

1014 and the Goethe-Institut New York, New York, United States
19 Oct 2020 - 20 Oct 2020

Marking Absences – Shifting Narratives

1014 and the Goethe-Institut New York present Marking Absences – Shifting Narratives, a digital Un-Conference curated by Niama Safia Sandy taking place from 19-20 October 2020.

Urban landscapes are augmented layers of hegemonic power that materializes in buildings, street maps, and monuments in the public space. After the killing of George Floyd in 2020, the removal of white supremacist statues and symbols from cities across the world has become one of the central demands of protesters. While removing monuments to past figures and events can be a daunting process, to imagine and facilitate the installation of new monuments seems just as relevant. What challenges do artists, city planners, and local communities face in the creation of public art for the 21st century? Who decides what is commemorated or celebrated in the public space? How are these decisions made?

Join artists, architects, city officials, scholars, and activists to exchange ideas and contemporary practices for creating new contemporary monuments for our age.

Marking Absences – Shifting Narratives, organized by curator Niama Safia Sandy, will take place in multiple formats including a digital conversation series, an interactive installation, and more.

With Olu Oguibe, Aisha B Wormsley, Hank Willis Thomas, Jerald Cooper, Arielle Julia Brown and many more.


Register and find the full program here.


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