Artforum has invited artists to share a text, image, or video in the immediate wake of the United States presidential election and will be posting their contributions throughout the next week.
In her article “Witnessing the In-visibility of Inca Architecture in Colonial Peru” (2007), Stella Nair describes how 16th-century Spanish colonists razed Incan art and architecture, replacing Indigenous culture with their own. Across the Americas and the Caribbean, the pattern persisted: Europeans destroyed artifacts of native creativity as they asserted their dominance over the people themselves.
In 1964, construction stopped. Curtailed by an economic crisis, the new City Hall for the Swedish city of Uppsala opened at half of its intended scale. While the original design — by brothers Erik and Tore Ahlsén — envisioned a building organized around a vibrant interior courtyard, plans were hastily amended to reflect more modest