Call for Fellows
Shaping the Past
Monument Lab in partnership with Goethe-Institut and Federal Agency for Civic Education invites applications for a 2020 cohort of Monument Lab Transnational Fellows. This fellowship recognizes individuals and collectives whose ongoing projects address long term inequities in monuments and engage new creative approaches to public art, history, and memory. The fellowship program is part of the joint project Shaping the Past.
Shaping the Past engages the changing forms of collective remembrance and reckoning in public spaces within and across national borders. The multidisciplinary project fosters transnational exchange among curators, artists, activists, historians, and civic participants to discuss and imagine the next generation of monuments.
The project, a partnership between the Goethe-Institut, Monument Lab, and the Federal Agency for Civic Education, Shaping the Past connects memory workers across multiple cities in North America and Germany who have piloted new approaches to building and remediating monuments in their own local contexts. Shaping the Past expands the Monument Lab Fellows program and includes a major public conference built into Monument Lab’s annual Town Hall in Summer 2020, a multi-site exhibition across multiple Goethe-Institutes in North America in Fall 2020, and a publication that contextualizes the Fellows’ projects as a sweeping intervention and update to the monumental landscape.
Places of remembrance, such as monuments, statues, parks, and street names, shape shared perceptions of a society. They significantly influence what is perceived, erased, disavowed, and potentially open for reinterpretation. Significant interventions into the field have been pushed by practitioners who seek antiracist, de-colonial, feminist, queer, and transnational perspectives. These current discourses on dealing with monuments shed light on the (in)visibilities of and potential for different interpretations of the past in the public realm. Shaping the Past connects with and builds on the work of emerging leaders of local, national, and transnational movements to remember through reflection and with urgency.
Shaping the Past is produced in partnership with Monument Lab, the Goethe-Institut, and the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education).
Call for Fellows
The call for fellows has closed. 2020 Fellows will be announced soon.
Shaping the Past is produced in partnership with the Goethe-Institut, Monument Lab, and the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education).
Monument Lab is an independent public art and history studio based in Philadelphia. We work 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.