Skip to Content

How We Mourn, Where We Remember

Photo: Ada Pinkston

This program seeks to examine the questions of the purpose of monuments, memorials, and sites of gathering in our cities. If memorials and monuments are how we share and shape a collective narrative, how are certain narratives being told? In what ways can memorials and rituals be a space of joy, to generate new ways of what we want to see in the future and to make these practices active sites of reconciling the truth about our past. Looking at memorials for Jews killed in the Holocaust, who America decides to memorialize and overlook, as well as murals for Black lives and other more ephemeral modes – these films and discussion ask us to reckon with how we create space and time for mourning that can be inspiration for a more just future.


  • Watch the films anytime during the festival week with your Rental Pass
  • Join our YouTube Livestream for the panel discussion, audience questions welcome. No registration necessary


CM Credits: 1.5
Curation by Melinda James and Susannah Smith


Bryan C Lee JrBryan C. Lee Jr. (Moderator) Architect, Educator, Writer, and Design Justice Advocate

Tatyana FazlalizadehTatyana Fazlalizadeh Artist

Cheyenne-ConcepcionCheyenne Concepcion Artist, Designer, Artistic Director of New Monuments

Ada PinkstonAda Pinkston Artist, Educator, and Cultural Organizer

Melinda JamesMelinda James Guest Curator

In this program

EJI’s Community Remembrance Project

Directed by Equal Justice Initiative

Equal Justice Initiative’s campaign to recognize victims of lynching.

A large pile of stones in a below-ground memorial

JohnMcAslan + Partners and MASS Design Group, UK Holocaust Memorial Proposal

Directed by John McAslan, Michael Murphy, Thatcher Bean

We believe that now more than ever memorials must strengthen our resolve for justice and tolerance. Our memorial…

a woman standing on top of a platform

LandMarked Part 5

Directed by Ada Pinkston

A tribute to Fannie Lou Hamer.

A person sits on a motorcycle and puts their hand in the back pocket of their partner.

Spirit never dies, only transitions.

Directed by Logan Lynette

A documentary about Blackness moving through space and time.

People crowd a plaza in Dresden where three busses are propped up to stand tall in the sky.

Where To With History

Directed by Hans Christian Post

Conservative architecture policies in Dresden has in significant ways helped pave the way for the right-wing-surge that currently plagues the city.

Dates & Times