Black Reconstruction Collective discusses UNMONUMENT CHICAGO: After Work, the group’s contribution to the 2023 Chicago Architecture Biennial

“Black form” is a word interdisciplinary artist Zion Estrada uses to describe ulterior modes of knowledge transfer between folks in the African diaspora. In contrast to the “standard” media used to transmit histories, Black form evokes a communication system where stories about familial history, displacement, resistance, struggle and joy are transferred vis-a-vis “Black movement, Black practice, Black dance, Black hairstyle, Black silence, and Black noise.” At this year’s Chicago Architecture Biennial, themed This is a Rehearsal, Estrada and Black Reconstruction Collective (BRC)—founded by Olalekan Jeyifous, Amanda Williams, Emanuel Admassu, Germane Barnes, Sekou Cooke, J. Yolande Daniels, Felecia Davis, Mario Gooden, Walter Hood, and V. Mitch McEwen—debut UNMONUMENT

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