Shaping the past: a series of events at the Goethe-Institut to rethink our relationship to monuments and places of memory

Until September 25, 2021

The Goethe-Institut de Montréal is pleased to announce a series of events as part of the Shaping the Past project. Initiated in 2020 following a partnership between the Goethe Institutes of North America, the Philadelphia-based artist collective Monument Lab and the Federal Center for Political Education/bpb in Germany, Shaping the Past aims to rethink the relationship that the population maintains with monuments and places of memory. The initiative continues in 2021 in Montreal with a series of online films, an online exhibition and at the Never Apart centre as well as screenings on the façade of the Goethe-Institut de Montréal. 

Two exhibitions online and at Never Apart to rethink our relationship with history

From July 15 to September 25, the Goethe-Institut will present the free exhibition S’inscrire dans le présent. Presented online and at the Never Apart centre in Montreal and open to the public from July 17, 2021, this exhibition was designed by the Montreal organization Nigra Iuventa which celebrates Afrodescending and African cultures through visual and media arts. Through the presentation of the work of two Montreal artists, Karen Tam and Moridja Kitenge Banza, the exhibition aims to reflect critically on the power of memorial communities.

More information at the following link: https://bit.ly/2UauVQ6

In addition, in parallel and from July 15, the Goethe-Institut will also present a series of projections on its façade coupled with the online exhibition Telling the Full Story: Showing the Models of Transnational Memory Culture. Create links to re-examine the past. This online exhibition and series of screenings will address the history of systemic violence, social and economic exclusion, and society’s legacy of colonial and state violence. With works by artists, activists and collectives from North America and Germany – all from the Monument Lab’s fellowship program – this exhibition aims to highlight new proposals to re-imagine civil society and how it works.

More information at the following link: https://bit.ly/3duL2Pg

The past as a process – A free online movie program

Until July 4, the Goethe-Institut will present a series of short and feature films online that are free and accessible to all. Conceived as part of the Shaping the Pastproject, the Past as a Process program brings together nine films that aim to rethink our relationship to history and our origins.  

More information and registration at the following link: https://bit.ly/3x60k4P

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