Open Arts Journal Issue 3: Disturbing Pasts

Ziyah Gafic. Tuzla, Bosnia, December 2009. Personal item recovered from mass graves and photographed on forensic table. Photo by Ziyah Gafic / VII network.

Ziyah Gafic. Tuzla, Bosnia, December 2009. Personal item recovered from mass graves and photographed on forensic table. Photo by Ziyah Gafic / VII network.

Open Arts Journal Issue 3: Disturbing pasts: Memories, controversies and creativity

Summer 2014    http://openartsjournal.org/issue-3/

 

Editors: Uilleam Blacker, University College London, UK; Elizabeth Edwards, De Montfort Leicester, UK;

Leon Wainwright, Colgate, New York and The Open University, UK

 

In many countries, legacies of war, colonialism, genocide and oppression return again and again to dominate contemporary culture, politics and society. The controversies surrounding traumatic pasts can shape policy, make or break governments, trigger mass demonstrations, and even spark violent confrontation. These pasts also inspire creative means by which the past is remembered, remade and challenged.

This, the third issue of the Open Arts Journal, explores the theme of traumatic pasts and their complex and often dramatic influences on the present day, bringing to the foreground the rich visual and creative responses to such pasts that issue among artists.

The collection derives from a major knowledge exchange project that focused on a two-day event (Museum of Ethnology, Vienna/Weltmuseum Wien, 2012) sponsored by the Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA), European Science Foundation. The project drew together individuals from the arts and heritage sectors and the wider public beyond academia – a diverse range of creative practitioners, including artists and photographers, curators, cultural policy-makers, and academics.

The collection includes links to film footage of authors’ presentations and audience discussion.

The Open Arts Journal is an open access publication and is available under a Creative Commons licence.

CONTENTS

Introduction

Disturbing pasts: Memories, controversies and creativity

LEON WAINWRIGHT

http://dx.doi.org/10.5456/issn.2050-3679/2014s01lw


 

Part 1: Difficult pasts and public space

 

Echoes of the Great War: The recordings of African prisoners in the First World War

ANETTE HOFFMANN

http://dx.doi.org/10.5456/issn.2050-3679/2014s11ah


‘A riot of our own’: a reflection on agency

CAROL TULLOCH

http://dx.doi.org/10.5456/issn.2050-3679/2014s12ct


The exhibition ‘Namibia-Germany: a shared/divided history’. Resistance, violence, memory

CLARA HIMMELHEBER

http://dx.doi.org/10.5456/issn.2050-3679/2014s13ch


Break! On the unpleasant, the marginal, the taboo and the controversial in Norwegian museums

LIV RAMSKJÆR

http://dx.doi.org/10.5456/issn.2050-3679/2014s14lr


Making meaning from a fragmented past: 1897 and the creative process

PEJU LAYIWOLA

http://dx.doi.org/10.5456/issn.2050-3679/2014s15pl


Mallaby’s car: colonial subjects, imperial actors, and the representation of human suffering in postcolonial exhibitions

SUSAN LEGÊNE

http://dx.doi.org/10.5456/issn.2050-3679/2014s16sl


 

Part 2: Visual investigations

Comments on the art and research projectThe division of the earth: tableaux on the legal synopses of the Berlin Africa conference’

DIERK SCHMIDT AND MALTE JAGUTTIS

http://dx.doi.org/10.5456/issn.2050-3679/2014s21ds


Late photography, military landscapes, and the politics of memory

SIMON FAULKNER

http://dx.doi.org/10.5456/issn.2050-3679/2014s22sf


Forced displacement, suffering and the aesthetics of loss

MARUŠKA SVAŠEK  

http://dx.doi.org/10.5456/issn.2050-3679/2014s23ms


Nuclear war as false memory

JOHN TIMBERLAKE

http://dx.doi.org/10.5456/issn.2050-3679/2014s24jt


 

Part 3: Collaborations

I miss you, Jew!

RAFAŁ BETLEJEWSKI

http://dx.doi.org/10.5456/issn.2050-3679/2014s31rb


Spatial dialogues and Holocaust memory in contemporary Polish art: Yael Bartana, Rafał Betlejewski and Joanna Rajkowska

UILLEAM BLACKER

http://dx.doi.org/10.5456/issn.2050-3679/2014s32ub


Margit Ellinor: forgotten images    

BENTE GEVING

http://dx.doi.org/10.5456/issn.2050-3679/2014s33bg


A comment on contemporary Sámi art

SIGRID LIEN

http://dx.doi.org/10.5456/issn.2050-3679/2014s34sl


Troubled traces: painting and displaying intercultural traumas of Aboriginality

HEATHER KAMARRA SHEARER

http://dx.doi.org/10.5456/issn.2050-3679/2014s35hs


Empowering art: reconfiguring narratives of trauma and hope in the Australian national imaginary

FIONA MAGOWAN

http://dx.doi.org/10.5456/issn.2050-3679/2014s36fm

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