At 21c Museum Hotel, 55 E Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60611 and at PO Box Collective, 6900 N Glenwood Ave, Chicago, IL 60626, the exhibition is accessible from the street. The Goethe-Institut exhibition is, for the time being, still not accessible to the general public. We will post photos this component of the exhibition on our social media channels.
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.
In 2020, the Goethe-Institut in North America worked with Monument Lab on a multifaceted event and program series called Shaping the Past
. In Chicago you are most likely familiar with the work THERE ARE BLACK PEOPLE IN THE FUTURE
by fellow Alisha Wormsley
whose work was exhibited at the Elmhurst Art Museum/McCormick House.
Many more artists and memory workers contributed to Shaping the Past.
Starting June 5, you are able to experience the works of Chicago’s own 2019 fellows Girl/Friends A Long Walk Home
and Cheyenne Concepcion
with The Relic Report
at 21c Museum Hotel
and Quentin VerCetty Lindsay
with Missing Black Technofossil Here
at P.O. Box Collective
offices will show Ada Pinkston’s LandMarked
With the exception of the ones at the Goethe-Institut offices, these poster exhibitions will be accessible from the street as they are displayed in the windows of two of the locations.
© Ada Pinkston
is an artist, educator, and cultural organizer living and working in Baltimore, MD, where she is lecturer in Art Education at Towson University. Her work explores the intersection of imagined histories and sociopolitical realities on our bodies using performance, digital media, and mixed-media sculptures and installations. Her project, Landmarked, explores new ways of activating the empty spaces left by the 48 Confederate monuments that have been removed. Her most recent collaborative project includes founding the LabBodies Performance Art Laboratory in Baltimore, Maryland.
A Long Walk Home (ALWH)
is a Chicago-based national non-profit that uses art to educate, inspire, and mobilize young people to end violence against girls and women. ALWH’s Girl/Friends Leadership Institute empowers teen girls to use art to advocate for themselves and other girls, to design campaigns and policies to end dating violence, sexual assault, and street harassment in their Chicago schools and communities, ultimately changing the face of leadership in the women’s movement.
is an artist and designer living and working in San Francisco. Her art practice is strongly research oriented and investigates the politics of space through installation, speculation, cartography, and collecting. Drawing on her interest and training in urban design and planning, Concepcion’s work focuses on socio-spatial theory, land development, migration and often has a public component.
Quentin VerCetty Lindsay
is an award-winning, multidisciplinary visual griot (storyteller), artpreneur, art educator, activist, and an ever-growing interstellar tree based in Montreal, Canada. He is also co-founder and director of the Black Speculative Arts Movement, whose foundational work with second-wave Afrofuturism provides new, inclusive, and intersectional perspectives to reimagine public spaces.
Shaping the Past is produced in partnership with the Goethe-Institut, Monument Lab, and the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education).