Situated on the footprint of emptied pedestals and other contested spaces of memory, LandMarked engages contemporary debates around what could replace toppled monuments. Artist and researcher Ada Pinkston initiated the project the same year Baltimore removed three Lost Cause Confederate memorials from parks and plazas, installed between 1903 and 1948. By physically occupying the city’s emptied pedestals, Pinkston called deliberate attention to the absence of Black women’s narratives in sanctioned public spaces of civic commemoration.
In addition to her performances and site-specific installations, Pinkston organized a series of public workshops for community members in Baltimore to consider three questions: What does a monument for all people look like? Where would that monument be? Where are your monuments?