Ousmane Kounta is a Malian artist and World Monuments Fund (WMF) volunteer who is currently working with the WMF conservation team at Wat Chaiwatthanaram in Thailand. In this blog post, Ousmane shares his experiences from the field.
Like many of you, we at World Monuments Fund have been thinking a lot lately about the Black Lives Matter movement, the killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and many others, and the conversations and protests that have followed.
Every day at World Monuments Fund, we think about the significance of cultural heritage in contemporary life, the importance of cultural exchange, the enrichment that travel affords, and the impact it all has on local communities around the world. The current situation has turned much of this on its head.
On March 2, World Monuments Fund held its annual Paul Mellon Lecture featuring Vinnie Bagwell, Mark Jarzombek, Jenny Moore, and Erica Avrami on the topic of reimagining the role of monuments in a changing world.