Whitewall Magazine: Karyn Olivier–Thinking About Monuments, Memory, and Absence

Karyn Olivier: Thinking About Monuments, Memory, and Absence
By Katie Donaghue
July 8, 2020

Upon entering Karyn Olivier’s Everything That’s Alive Moves, which opened at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), University of Pennsylvania in January before closing early due to the COVID-19 pandemic, visitors were asked to pin a white carnation to their clothing. The gesture references the tradition of wearing a carnation on Mother’s Day at many Black churches, as well as the tragic, devastating, and deadly MOVE bombing in 1985, which took place the day after Mother’s Day in Philadelphia.

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