the memorial 2013 07 Juin 2013
An architecture of remembrance
June 7 and 8, 2013
Auditorium of the École Nationale Supérieure of Architecture of Nantes
These events united architects and artists who designed and carried out projects with a dual message : « Remember » and « Ensure that this does not happen again ».
The purpose of this architecture of memory was to symbolically engrave the memory of this crime into public space and to provoke collective thinking about difficult questions: How was this crime possible? What is our responsibility? How can we avoid the Memorial becoming a static space ?
Krzysztof Wodiczko and Julian Bonder (Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery, Nantes), Janina Masojada and Andrew Makin (Constitution Hill, Johannesburg), Jacques Fredj (Memorial of the Shoah, Paris), Thierry l’Étang and Pascal Berthelot (Centre Caribéen d’Expression des Mémoires de la Traite et de l’Esclavage), Sylvie Glissant and Loïc Cery (Virtual Memorial of the Institute of the Whole World), Crispin Grégoire (Permanent Memorial in homage to the victims of slavery and the transatlantic trade at the UN the head office in New York), Laurent Valère (Mémorial Cap 110, Martinique), Serge Romana (Itinerant Memorial of the Names of Abolition – CM98, France), Joel Pham (www.travailleurs-indochinois.org), Anne Thomas (Stolpersteine Project by the artist Günter Demnig), Nicola Lo Calzo (CHAM, Memory and Heritage of the slave trade and slavery), Lam Lê (Công Binh, The Long Indochinese Night), and Jochen Gerz (The Invisible Monument, Germany), revealed the creative process that led to the idea of a Memorial to Slavery, the Shoah, Apartheid, colonization, and to its realization.
Scientific department: Françoise Vergès, an expert project manager for the Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery and Marie-Hélène Jouzeau, Head Heritage Curator with the City of Nantes’s Department of Heritage and Archeology.