Curated Projects: Memory and Trauma
Trauma is remembered in different ways.
Austerlitz by W. G. Sebald is an extraordinary novel using photographs which may or may not have anything to do with the narrative as the protagonist, sent away to safety by his parents during World War II, struggles to understand what happened to him and who he is;
The Window by Zhou Na is a multimedia reflection on how survivors have endured amidst public indifference since the Tianjin explosion that claimed 173 lives in China;
Riley and His Story: Me and My Outrage, You and Us is a collaborative project by Monica Haller and Riley Sharbonno to help restore Riley’s memory after serving as a medic for the US military in Iraq;
Yael Martînez’s La Casa Que Sangra (The House that Bleeds) is a meditation on nightmare and the grievous loss of family members in Mexico who have been disappeared;
1078 Blue Skies/ 4432 Days by Anton Kusters attempts to reimagine the Holocaust by focusing upon the blue skies that still loom over former concentration camps in Europe;
Flash of Light, Wall of Fire is a book by approximately 50 Japanese photographers depicting the aftermath of the atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki seared into the memories of the survivors.