Shaping the Past
In 2017, when the City of Los Angeles replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day, for many, it was a call to action to uplift the forgotten, hidden, and censored narratives of Los Angeles, specifically centering Yaangna (LA's original name) and the Indigenous communities; the Tongva, Tataviam, and Chumash Tribal Nations that call this place their ancestral homeland.
On Monday, Oct. 12th
, Indigenous Peoples Day, and within the context of the project Shaping the Past, artist and cultural organizer Joel Garcia will be taking over the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles' social media channels (Instagram
) to highlight some of these narratives of place, peoples, and memory while challenging viewers to consider the impacts of erasure.
Follow Garcia's work via his website
, and Twitter.
is an Artist, Arts Administrator and Cultural Organizer with more than 20 years of experience working transnationally focusing on community-centered strategies. His approach is rooted in Indigenous-based forms of dialoguing and decision-making (non-hierarchical) that uplifts non-institutional expertise. Joel uses art and organizing to raise awareness of issues facing underserved communities, inner-city youth, and\ other targeted populations. He’s the co-founder of Meztli Projects, an Indigenous based arts & culture collaborative centering indigeneity into the creative practice of Los Angeles by using arts-based strategies to advocate for and organize to highlight issues impacting native artists and youth.
Shaping the Past is partnership of 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.