History is on every street corner: Monuments and memorial sites shape cities and public remembrance all over Europe. They are closely connected with the experiences from the past and are meant to keep certain memories alive. But are they truly ‘set in stone’ or does their meaning change over time?
This bilingual English-Russian workshop focuses on the role and history of memorials in the cultures of remembrance all over Europe. You will meet experts working with memorials from the past and the present in Berlin: They focus also on those memorials which have been abandoned and demolished at various points in the past. These discarded memorials are part of the exhibition “Unveiled – Berlin and its Monuments” at the Zitadelle Berlin, which you are going to visit. By exploring a memorial from this exhibition and one from your hometown or region, you will discover the origin stories of these monuments, analyse their forms and designs, decode their messages, place them in their historical contexts and critically discuss their relation to and relevance for the present. Finally, together with the other participants from this workshop, you will get to create your own message for the future in the shape of a memorial, which will become part of exhibitions at the Zitadelle Spandau, Berlin.
If you want to deepen your knowledge about the visual language of remembrance in Europe and leave behind your own message in form of a memorial, this workshop is for you!
Image Credits: © Zitadelle / Friedhelm Hoffmann
Workshop Partner: Zitadelle Spandau (Spandau Citadel)
Zitadelle Spandau (Spandau Citadel), situated in Berlin, was built in the 16th century and is one of Europe ’s best preserved renaissance fortresses. Today it is an important cultural centre, as it houses five historical museums as well as two art galleries and is home to the annual Citadel Music Festival during the summer.
Further Information: http://www.zitadelle-berlin.de/en/