Everyday we absorb fragments of hidden and apparent histories. Brooks Turner engages the history of fascism in Minnesota, and its ripple effects into the present as it persists in the architecture that surrounds us, institutions we work with, and laws that govern us. Through collaborative research at the University of Minnesota, Brooks will unearth and trace into the present the forgotten histories of fascism in the 1930s—as well as counter-efforts by contemporary activists, labor unions, and others. Art, in this context, becomes a means of disseminating narratives currently gathering dust in our collective consciousness, offering a platform to address and counter the present reemergence of exclusionary populist ideologies both locally and globally.
Brooks will be in residence throughout the spring semester.