Announcing the 2020 Monument Lab Transnational Fellows

Monument Lab is proud to announce our 2020 cohort of Transnational Fellows. These artists, activists, and civic practitioners critically reimagine monuments in sites and spaces across North America and Germany. We are excited to learn from and work with the Fellows as they realize their meaningful projects and continue the transnational movement to critically engage the monumental landscape. The Monument Lab Fellows program was founded through a grant from the Surdna Foundation and is facilitated through Slought.

Additionally, Monument Lab Fellows from this and last years' cohorts will be featured in Shaping the Past, a multi-site exhibition and book project that addresses pressing issues around what, whom, and how to remember in public spaces. Shaping the Past is a partnership between Monument Lab, the Goethe-Institut, and the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (German Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb). 

Congratulations to the Fellows! Be sure to stay tuned over the coming months as they share their perspectives, processes, and projects.


Tomie Arai | New York City, NY, USA

Tomie Arai is a public artist who lives and works in New York City. She is a co-founder of The Chinatown Art Brigade, a radical cultural collective that creates new models of artistic production that engages with community groups to collect shared histories of resistance and social recall.


Sergio Beltrán-García | Mexico City, Mexico
Sergio Beltrán-García is an architect, activist, and researcher. His project, The Dispersed Memorial, focuses on the design and construction of memorial processes honoring human rights victims, emphasizing memory’s power to mitigate historic violence in Mexico.


Thalia Fernández Bustamente | San Francisco Xochicuautla, Mexico
Thalia Fernández Bustamante is an activist and human rights defender from the indigenous Otomí community of San Francisco Xochicuatla in Mexico. Her work is committed to creating public awareness for her community’s resistance towards the state government’s plan to build a highway through their region's forest.


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MADAD (Mallory Nezam, De Nichols, and Damon Davis) | St. Louis, MO, USA
MADAD is a collective that reimagines how joy, justice, and interactivity improve public spaces and cultural experiences in St. Louis. Their project, Black Memory STL: Division, Displacement, and Local Diaspora, is a multi-year series of public art installations and interventions that stem from community partnerships.


Ada Pinkston | Baltimore, MD, USA
Ada Pinkston is an artist, educator, and cultural organizer living and working in Baltimore, MD. Through performance, digital media, and mixed-media sculptures and installations, her project, Landmarked, explores how to activate the empty spaces left by the removal of dozens of Confederate statues and to reframe public space to be more equitable and inclusive of all histories.


Quentin VerCetty Lindsay | Montreal and Toronto, Canada
Quentin VerCetty Lindsay is an award-winning, multidisciplinary visual griot, artpreneur, art educator, activist, and an ever-growing interstellar tree. Inspired by Afrofuturist perspectives, his project, Missing Black Technofossil Here uses augmented reality, digital 3D art, and printing to address the absence of monuments to black bodies in Toronto and across the Canadian landscape.


Patricks Weems | Sumner, MS, USA
Patrick Weems is a community builder, social entrepreneur, and philanthropy leader based in Sumner, MS. Weems is the founding director of the Emmett Till Interpretive Center, a Civil Rights museum committed to developing a democratic process for memorializing the story of Emmett Till. The Center aims to address long-lasting racial divisions and create conditions for reflection and healing.


Alisha B. Wormsley | Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Alisha B. Wormsley is an interdisciplinary artist and cultural producer based in Pittsburgh, PA. Her work focuses on collective memory and the synchronicity of time, specifically through the stories of women of color. Wormsley’s project, There are Black People in the Future, is inspired by afro-futurist artists and writers who highlight the need for black people to claim their place.


Hadi Al Khatib | Berlin, Germany
Hadi Al Khatib is an archivist and activist based in Berlin, Germany. Through Syrian Archive, Al Khatib has been collecting, verifying, and investigating citizen-generated data as evidence of human rights violations since 2011.


Ulf Aminde | Berlin, Germany
Ulf Aminde is an artist, performer, filmmaker and activist based in Berlin, Germany. His project, Anti-Racist Memorial for Migration, supports the construction of a memorial commemorating racist bomb attacks in Cologne in 2001 and 2004.


Cover Image: Quentin Vercetty Lindsay, Kiana Ascension, 2017. (Courtesy of the Artist).

Monument Lab

Monument Lab is an independent public art and history studio based in Philadelphia. Founded by Paul Farber and Ken Lum, Monument Lab works with artists, students, activists, municipal agencies, and cultural institutions on exploratory approaches to public engagement and collective memory. Monument Lab cultivates and facilitates critical conversations around the past, present, and future of monuments.