Christopher Bisram, Johnaila Cole, Michela Farella, Sohit Gurung, Farzana Ibrahim, Anabella Orellana, Kate Panasci, Aneesa Razak, and Laura Umana
Socrates Lead Educator Douglas Paulson
The 2019-2020 Socrateens, ‘What’s Missing,’ 2020, Courtesy the Artist, Image by Sara Morgan.
About ‘What’s Missing’
Plywood; vinyl; and mirrored plexiglass
12 x 8 x 8 feet
For the third and final part of the ‘MONUMENTS NOW‘ exhibition, ‘The Next Generation,’ local high school students participating in the Park’s art-education program Socrateens collectively realized a monument installation titled ‘What’s Missing.’
The outer walls of the Socrateens’ monument present site photographs of various Cristopher Columbus statues in New York City, framing four empty spaces shaped like Columbus’ silhouette – through which people can enter. The mirrored interior provides a place for reflection on how public space and social constructs of visibility or invisibility can shape collective consciousness.
About ‘Monuments Decoder’ ‘Zine
The Socrateens have also created a ‘zine titled ‘Monuments Decoder,’ drawing from monuments-related research they conducted in the community and their own thoughts and opinions on the topic. The ‘zine is freely available in limited print quantities or online HERE.