Call for entries: “I Was There”
The Centre for Memory and Testimony Studies, in association with Wilfrid Laurier University, is proud to announce an open call for artists to submit either new or previously created pieces for our juried digital exhibit.
We seek individual or collaborative works that explore the tensions between memorialization and tourism. To do so, we ask artists to find their inspiration from any memorial site around the world in order to portray the tension between the memory of a violent past that the memorial site tries to commemorate, and its touristic destiny.
The title of the exhibit “I Was There” seeks to convey this tension as the statement is used by the survivor and by the tourist alike, although the meaning and projection of such utterance is radically different in each case. It is therefore the tension between the testimony of the horror lived (the survivor), and the desire for proximity to some natural or cultural icon (the tourist) that the exhibit seeks to reflect and present. The artwork will become apart of a larger academic discussion regarding issues surrounding memory and testimony narratives.
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