In Brazil, the many historicizing myths of the enslaved Black woman Anastácia have cast her as saint, martyr, rebel, and heroine. From community shrines to artist Yhuri Cruz's 2019 installation Monument to the Voice of Anastácia, the commemoration of Anastácia takes various forms, appealing to specific political, social, and cultural movements.
Though the stories associated with Anastácia have transformed, shifted, and even contradicted each other, her memory remains an important symbol of resistance.
Coaquannock and Philadelphia. Manayunk and Schuylkill. Pennsylvania and Lenapehoking.
These are the toponyms that carry multiple histories of Indigenous presence as well as settler-colonial distortions and violences that are entangled in the same landscape.
The Pulse Interim Memorial displays over 700 images as a comprehensive picture of local, national, and international solidarity in the wake of the Pulse shooting tragedy. Decoding them can tell us the ways our country remembers shooting tragedies and what stories live on.
In Nicaragua, ghost monuments summon traces of collective memories that have been repressed by totalitarian governments.
Oscar M. Caballero experiments with digital methods to preserve civic monuments under Daniel Ortega's regime, which has quickened the pace of censoring media and destroying memories in the public sphere.