Monument to the Century of Revolutions curated by Nato ThompsonMonument to (Im)mobilization, 2017
Monument to (Im)mobilization sees migrants in struggle as revolutionaries. It is a 1:1 scale installation of a maximum security immigration detention cell accompanied by audio/textual artifacts of migrants in revolutionary moments in recent history.
“The migrant urban population [...is] an indispensable part of the revolutionary process." ~ Ghanian revolutionary Kwame Nkrumah
Monument to (Im)mobilization invites you to see (im)migrants in struggle as revolutionaries.
The 1:1 scale installation of a typical maximum security prison cell mirrors the space from which undocumented migrants and refugees organized a historic hunger strike in 2013 to call for an end to immigration detention. The installation is accompanied by narratives of (im)migrants in revolutionary moments, such as the Winnipeg General Strike, B.C. Ghadar Party, and 1917 Brazil General Strike.
It is in such spaces that countless have been detained before their torture, execution or deportation.
The audio, textual artifacts and physical enclosure immerses you in sites of oppression, immobilization and struggle of mobilization.
Working class immigrants suffer dual violence from capitalism; displacement from homelands and exploitation as immigrant workers. Migrants suffer dual violence from the state; incarceration and deportation. Yet, Monument to (Im)mobilization shows that when people transcend national, cultural and racial borders and unite as an oppressed class of people, they become the protagonists of their lives "indispensable to the revolutionary process."
Suitable for all ages
Nathan Phillips Square
100 Queen Street West
This project is both indoors and outdoors.