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FILM / TALK "Memories - Memorials - Memorializations" The Politics of Remembering and Forgetting > 13th, 14th & 15th November 2017

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Venue : Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, 3 Kasturba Gandhi Marg
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Time : various timings

Entry : Free (Seating on First-Come First-Served basis)

Venue : Siddhartha Hall, Lawns & Library, Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, 3 Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi-110001

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Event Description : FILM / TALK "Memories - Memorials - Memorializations" The Politics of Remembering and Forgetting

Monday, 13 November: Film Screenings
Tuesday, 14 November: Programme Introduction & Keynote Lecture
Wednesday, 15 November: Artists’ Response to Memorials & Panel Discussion

Armed conflicts, political and genocidal violence have shaped to a great extent how we remember the  twentieth century. While, both the First and Second World Wars left the world in disarray and  turmoil, the Holocaust, a crime unprecedented in history, called into question many existing ways of  commemorating the past, of addressing, framing and memorializing violence, its victims and material  legacies. This pertained also to the traditional form of monument, which glorified military victories,  national myths or heroic political figures. Especially in Germany, the need to confront the country’s  legacy of violence has resulted in an exploration of the potential of art to foster critical remembering  – one engaged with ‘negative memory’ and carrying a deep sense of guilt, shame and remorse.

Numerous art works and installations emerged in the 1980s and 1990s to give rise to a new form of  commemorative monument – the counter-monument. Considered as much ethical and political as  aesthetic practice, the counter-monument deliberately subverted the genre of hero monument to  address the issues of loss but also of culpability, and accountability in the aftermath of political  violence. Throughout Europe and beyond, the counter-monumental aesthetic has now assumed a  dominant position in memorial projects focusing on instances of political violence. In this way –  caught in contemporary ‘memory boom’ – the counter-monument also lost much of its critical  potential. It is against this backdrop that this conference asks about present day artistic, civic, and  conceptual engagements with political violence and their potential to foster critical remembering –  and, equally important, critical forgetting.  Our intention is to look at memorial practices, both in Europe and beyond, that in various ways take  on the counter-monumental project, traverse or radicalize it, in a search for new means of addressing,  framing and memorializing violence. It is, nevertheless, not only the question of how to remember  political violence that is of interest; the growing criticism of the ‘memory boom’, its contribution to  ‘memory fatigue’ and apparent inability to tame or prevent new instances of violence from  happening, bring to the fore new questions pertaining to the benefits and risks of remembering and  forgetting.  Initiated by Farah Batool and Leonhard Emmerling of the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan,  New Delhi and curated by Zuzanna Dziuban (University of Amsterdam) the conference brings  together scholars, academics and artists, who take divergent stances on the question of remembering  and forgetting, addressing it from different conceptual, cultural, geographical and political  perspectives.

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