Shaping the Past
Mechtild Widrich, scholar of contemporary art and architecture, will moderate a discussion with interdisciplinary artists Ayanah Moor and Alisha Wormsley.
The three will discuss the future of monuments, text as monuments, and black women's labor as Afro-Futurists.
(c) Ayanah Moor
is a conceptual artist whose work explores blackness, gender, desire, and language. She works across various media to create paintings, prints, drawings, and performance.
Ayanah Moor earned a BFA at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, and MFA at Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia. She is Associate Professor in the printmedia department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
(c) Alisha Wormsley
Alisha B. Wormsley
is an interdisciplinary artist and cultural producer. Her work is about collective memory and the synchronicity of time, specifically through the stories of women of color. Wormsley’s work has been honored and supported with a number of awards and grants to support program.
Wormsley has an MFA in Film and Video from Bard College and was awarded the Postdoctoral Research fellowship in art at Carnegie Mellon University.
research focuses on art in public space, from monuments to performance and activism. She recently co-edited a special issue of the journal Future Anterior, entitled: "Ex Situ. On Moving Monuments".
Widrich is Associate Professor in the art history department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and author of Performative Monuments
Shaping the Past
is produced in partnership with the Goethe-Institut, Monument Lab
, and the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung
(Federal Agency for Civic Education). The project connects to the activist and artistic work of local, national, and transnational movements as a reflection of memory culture and discusses new perspectives on forms of memory.