‘Call and Response’ On ViewOctober 10, 2020
Bel Falleiros, ‘America (un)known,’ 2020, Image by Sara Morgan.
*2020 New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellow
**2020 Devra Freelander Artist Fellow
The Artist Fellows’ projects for ‘MONUMENTS NOW: Call and Response‘ take various archetypal monumental forms – such as the arch or the column – and dedicate them to underrepresented peoples and histories: from the civil servants who deliver fresh drinking water to the everyday struggle for self-determination by the country’s descendants of chattel slavery.
What unites these various approaches is a focus on collective agency and power, departing from the hero narrative of traditional monuments. Much of the works’ impact relies on public participation and reception by actively inviting visitors to take part in creating the meaning of the monument.