The Relic Report (SF)  
June 2020 - present
www.newmonumentstaskforce.org

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Project Type:
Research, Writing, Social Practice, Activism






The Relic Report is an unofficial municipal study of San Francisco’s monuments and memorials and their intersection with our country’s racist history. The two-part publication documents a playful investigation of monuments in the city’s civic art collection and reflects on what to do next.  A research guide of sorts, part one is intended to provide fodder for critical conversations. Part two (forthcoming) will be published as a creative culmination of the participants’ reflections and recommendations to the city. The Relic Report will be delivered to city agencies in December.

In addition to researching, designing and publishing this report, I gathered a group of artists, activists and cultural workers to establish a taskforce, which oversees the process of public engagement. By creating seats at the proverbial table I introduced community-led processes into the political spectrum of monument making - a process known for being top down.

This project is part the Shaping the Past Initiative by Monument Lab x Goethe Institut, an international art initiative that addresses whom, what and how we remember in public spaces.