Engaging with the global dialogues confronting colonialist and racist monuments, markers and memorials in public space, Marking Monuments presents a selection of artists’ installations and interventions that challenge, erase and transform dominant histories, offering reimagined representations for equity in public culture. Marking Monuments includes projects by Ariel René Jackson, Joiri Minaya, John Sims, and Karyn Olivier in collaboration with poet Trapeta B. Mayson. Marking Monuments also features Field Trip, a community-engaged activity conceived by Philadelphia-based public art and history studio Monument Lab. Field Trip invites investigation into local monuments in any community, generates questions about art and justice in public space, and seeks proposals for new ideas for monuments.
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Marking Monuments is curated by Sarah Howard and organized by the USF Contemporary Art Museum.
Marking Monuments is made possible by funding from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Stanton Storer Embrace the Arts Foundation, IRA Initiatives for Social Justice Fund, USFCAM Art for Community Engagement (ACE) Fund, the Lee and Victor Leavengood Endowment, the Florida Department of State, and Florida Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Image: Joiri Minaya, The Cloaking of the statue of Christopher Columbus behind the Bayfront Park Amphitheatre, Miami, Florida, 2019. Dye-sublimation print on spandex fabric and wood structure. Photo by Zachary Balber, commissioned by Fringe Projects Miami.