Landmarked is an exploration of the architectural objects that we call monuments, unearthing unheard stories about landmarks, monuments, and the spaces of the country that are publicly and privately declared sacred.
This work explores the relationship we currently have to historical landmarks. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there are over 1,500 symbols of Confederate legacies.
Now that 48 of these monuments have been removed, I seek to discover new ways of activating these empty spaces. I view these spaces as metaphors for the silences that exist in history. The work consists of three phases, and will incorporate a series of workshops, performative interventions, and immersive installations.
My primary research question throughout the workshops will be: what does a monument for all people look like, and where would that monument be? During the first phase of the project, I will host a series of workshops and conversations in libraries and community spaces in the regions where all of the monuments have been removed. The second phase of the project will interpret the findings of the first phase, and incorporate these dialogues into fabric-based assemblage, digital video, and sound sculpture. The third phase will be a series of performances on the public sites where confederate monuments were removed, as well as performances in the immersive installation created during the second phase.
To date, this work has been generously supported by The Halcyon Arts Lab and The Rubys Artist Grant administered by the Deutsch Foundation