The event Counter Memories: Ada Pinkston has been postponed. Information on the new realeas date will be published on this site shortly.
Counter-Memories is a cooperation between the Goethe-Institutes North-America, the Onassis Foundation Los Angeles and the Thomas Mann House in collaboration with the project “Shaping the Past”.
In the United States, Germany, and throughout the world, citizens are questioning conventional historical narratives and reflecting on the meanings and implications of public monuments. Recent protests and interventions around statues of Confederate generals and figures such as Columbus and Bismarck reflect a yearning to correct and critically re-examine dominant histories and their ongoing legacies in the present.
The conversation series Counter-Memories will investigate a number of international monuments and places of remembrance whose symbolic significance often reveals a great deal about our relationship to history. The Goethe-Institutes in North America, the Thomas Mann House, and Onassis LA will convene artists, activists, and intellectuals for illustrated virtual conversations around historical memory.
Episode 2 will focus on Pennsylvania Avenue in Baltimore.
The Green Book
was established by African-Americans in search of spaces for freedom of movement against a backdrop of white supremacist Jim Crowe policies throughout the United States. When the Green Book
was most circulated, Pennsylvania Avenue in Baltimore, Maryland was a cultural hub that was vibrant with multiple bars and nightclubs. Utilizing Pennsylvania Avenue as a point of departure, artist, educator and cultural organizer Ada Pinkston will engage in a conversation with moderator and journalist Amira El Ahl to examine the contrast between the cultural vibrance of this past moment and the lack of resources of this present day. In viewing shifting forms of the architecture of these city blocks over time, this episode demonstrates how the technologies of white supremacy mutated at the end of Jim Crow to create urban blight in cities across the United States.
is a multimedia artist, educator, and cultural worker living and working in Baltimore, Maryland. Her work has been mounted at a variety of spaces including The Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building, The Walters Art Museum, The Peale Museum, Transmodern Performance Festival, P.S.1, The New Museum, Light City Baltimore, and the streets of Berlin, Baltimore, and Orlando. She is a recipient of an Andy Warhol Foundation Grit Fund Grant in Visual Arts, administered by The Contemporary (2017), and a Robert W. Deutsch Foundation Ruby's Project Grant in Visual Arts (2017). A graduate of Wesleyan University (B.A.) and Maryland Institute College of Art (M.F.A.) she has presented lectures on the aesthetics of truth in public space at The French Embassy, NYU, UCLA, and The National Gallery of Art.
Amira El Ahl
is a journalist and interviewer. She studied Arabic at the American University in Cairo and majored in Arabic and History at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Between 2006 and 2008 she was the Middle East correspondent for Der Spiegel magazine in Cairo, Egypt. For the next eight years she was a freelance journalist, author and moderator in Cairo, for Die Welt, Deutsche Welle, SRF, Qantara.de, GEO and the Goethe-Institut, amongst others. In 2016 she worked as an editorial coordinator at documenta 14 in Kassel and since 2017 she has been an editor at the local daily Hessische/Niedersächsische Allgemeine in Kassel. She moderates panel discussions, events and symposiums in both German and English (live, recorded and in livestreams) for the European Capital of Culture N2025 in Nürnberg, the Goethe-Institut, the Initiative “Offen für Vielfalt” and many others.