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Monument to the Century of Revolutions

Located at Nathan Phillips Square

Curated by Nato Thompson, this exhibition features 21 projects.

Nato Thompson

Curatorial Statement

Now is a time to reflect. One hundred years ago the Bolshevik Revolution came crashing through Petrograd with a promise of communism. The call for distributed equality woke up the peasant class and overthrew the tsarists of Russia. This battle cry would come to haunt, inspire and mobilize revolution since and yet, the specter of communism, at this point in global history, feels ever so faint; a cobweb in a maelstrom.

The artwork by the Russian collective Chto Delat, consists of an array of shipping containers producing a small village; a veritable mass shipped revolution that unpacks into a world. The work takes its cue from El Lissistky's Beat the Whites with the Red Wedge, designed by famed architect Yury Avvakumov.

Roughly half of the containers will take on a different moment in revolutionary history ranging from the Mexican Revolution, Yugoslavia and China to May '68, Cuba, and to Zapatista. The other half will house local artist activist groups touching on issues that address Indigenous peoples, migrant workers, sex workers rights, queer activism, and to revolutions dedicated to African diaspora, and much more. In doing so, this living, breathing monument brings into the world a social space that informs and complicates the narrative and history of global justice.

— Nato Thompson


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Nato Thompson, writer, curator and Artistic Director at Creative Time, curated numerous public art projects including The Creative Time Summit (2009-15) Pedro Reyes' Doomocracy (2016) Kara Walker's A Subtlety (2014) Living as Form (2011) Trevor Raglen's  The Last Pictures (2012) Democracy in America: The National Campaign (2008) and Paul Chan's Waiting for Godot in New Orleans (2007). He has written two books, Seeing Power: Art and Activism in the 21st Century (2015) and Culture as Weapon: The Art of Influence in Everyday Life.

The Creative Time Summit is an annual convening for thinkers, dreamers and doers working at the intersection of art and politics. Functioning as a roving platform, The Summit brings together artists, activists and other thought leaders engaging with today's most pressing issues. Presenting a critical range of perspectives, The Summit provides strategies for social change in local and global contexts.

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