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Contested Memory: Part I

“Syncopation” is the first essay in a three-part series by Monument Lab Graduate Researcher Hilary Malson in which she seeks to engage with work from theorists on contested memory and diasporic black geographies. In this piece, Malson examines silence as an action in the production of history.

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Eternal Glory to the People’s Heroes! On Beijing’s Monument to the People’s Heroes

Next year, 2019, will mark an ignominious anniversary in China. Thirty years will have passed since the violent crackdown of student protesters on Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Co-Curator Ken Lum examines the most important aesthetic edifice relating to the events of Tiananmen Square: the Monument to the People’s Heroes, often overlooked by non-Chinese viewers despite its centrality to the events of 1989.

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Persistent Coloniality: Toronto’s Equestrian Statue of Edward VII

The story of Edward VII’s statue is also a story of the divides within the British Empire itself. While the statue may seem to represent a benign part of a picture-perfect scene in Toronto’s most important historical park, it is vital to look in the shadows of this statue and think about all that lies beneath. Edward VII’s equestrian statue tramples the ground on which it stands in the center of Queen’s Park.

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