Performing Memory

This is a video of the street event in Jamaica. Women brought images of their loved ones and wrote them letters. They paraded a coffin through the streets of Kingston. The march ended the children’s memorial.


The meaning of the African principle of Sankofa is to take what you need from the past in order to find your way in the future.

Violence affects everyone in different ways but no one escapes it. Public Community art can help people work through the ways in which violence has affected them. It can help folks from different social backgrounds connect with each other, talk about their memories and envision what they would like to change.

‘Letters from the Dead’ is a project where people who have experienced different kinds of violence in communities come together online and in person. We discuss and create public art that helps us remember those who have died due to violence while making links between what is happening globally and what is happening in our communities.

Our art-making consists of walks, theatre, street murals, statues and other ways to remember the dead. We discuss how losses of the past can help us find ways to build justice in the present.