Virtual Tour : Shaping the Past / Inscribing in the Present



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Never Apart launches its Summer 2021 exhibitions in the form of virtual tours every Thursday at 6 p.m. from July 8 to July 29. The link to each virtual opening will be shared across Never Apart’s social media.


Shaping the Past / Inscribing in the Present

Shaping the Past is a partnership of the Goethe-Institut North America, Monument Lab, and the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education). The project connects to the activist and artistic work of local, national, and transnational movements as a reflection of memory culture and discusses new perspectives on forms of memory.

Shaping the Past is a platform for transnational memory culture at the intersection of art, history, and justice. Based around the Monument Lab Fellows program, the exhibition features artists, activists, and collectives from North America and Germany whose work broadens understandings and illuminates ongoing memory interventions that reimagine civil society around the world. Shaping the Past draws together powerful local grassroots projects in order to build connections and patterns across borders that constitute a transnational memory culture at work to address systemic racism and sexism, social and economic exclusion, and legacies of colonial and state violence. The projects and exchanges between participants offer innovative and reparative models that highlight creative changemakers who are actively shaping the past and our paths forward. –Monument Lab

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We would like to acknowledge that Never Apart is located on unceded Indigenous lands belonging to the Kanien’kehá:ka, Wendat and Haudenosaunee Nations (Source:, who are the custodians of the lands and waters on which we gather. Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal is historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations. Today, it is home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples. We respect the continued connections with the past, present and future in our ongoing relationships with Indigenous and other peoples within the Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal community, and are thankful that we are able to create, collaborate, play, and work here.

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