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A New Way to Commemorate Atrocity

Pacific Standard

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Memorials are being created at rapid rates these days, but they seem to lack a long-term effect on the public. The Chicago Torture Justice Memorials project seeks to change this pattern by putting out an international call for memorial proposals, wanting a variety in visions and a collective memo...

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One Foot in the Levant

GOOD Magazine

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In the face of terror and war, art and history needed protection. A group of professors, activists, archeologists, and historians created a network to preserve and protect art and history in Syria.

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Instagram art project spreads awareness about femicides in Mexico

Public Radio International (PRI)

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The project No estamos todas (“We are not all here”) was founded to call attention to rising rate of female homicide victims in Mexico as well as to commemorate victim’s lives. Artists are commissioned to make a woman’s portrait—often incorporating aspects of their lives—and these portraits are s...

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Backpack-Sized Archiving Kit Empowers Community Historians to Record Local Narratives

Hyperallergic

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The Archivist In a Backpack kit developed by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill contains the essential elements for oral history collection including recorders, notepads, and thank you cards. The university is partnering with other organizations to distribute these kits and foster or...

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Chicano Artists Challenge How We Remember the Alamo

Artsy

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A San Antonio exhibition works to subvert the prevelant myths about the Alamo by deploying the historical record, past Chicano art, and subversive contemporary art.

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How do you solve half a century of bloodshed in Colombia?

The Guardian

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Local civil society groups are at the forefront of rebuilding Colombia. With decades of armed conflict officially ended, efforts to support a lasting peace focus on inequality and land issues and work to advance sustainable rural development.

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Urban Planner Turned Poet Maps Seattle's Story

Next City

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Through poetry, Seattle's Civic Poet collected the stories, observations, and creativity of past and present residents. These poems were entered into a Poetic Grid, an online interface that connected the writing on a map to the specific location being addressed.

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A Pop-Up Pencil Museum Underlines a History that Has Almost Been Erased

Hyperallergic

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Commemorating the nearly forgotten history of one of New York City’s first factories, Jackie Mock’s installation “The Pencil Museum” places items related to the history of Eberhard Faber’s pencil company in outdoor vitrines. This installation is part of Art In the Parks, a series of public art in...

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Spaces and moments of leisure

The News on Sunday

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Collecting movies shot on cellphones, the Mera Karachi Mobile Cinema captures every day life in Karachi as seen through its residents. The films are projected in non-traditional spaces for Karachi residents as well as through the use of a rickshaw-powered projector.

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The "Black Art Yearbook" Is Helping Contemporary Black Artists Make History

Artsy

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Dario Calmese’s Black Art Yearbook captures candid portraits of curators, collectors, dealers and other people who support the creation of black art. In this way, Calmese is making a historical record of an exciting moment as well as commemorating people that are often marginalized or erased by t...

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