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.
Disturbing pasts: Memories, controversies and creativity
Part 1: Difficult pasts and public space
Echoes of the Great War: The recordings of African prisoners in the First World War
‘A riot of our own’: a reflection on agency
The exhibition ‘Namibia-Germany: a shared/divided history’. Resistance, violence, memory
Break! On the unpleasant, the marginal, the taboo and the controversial in Norwegian museums
Making meaning from a fragmented past: 1897 and the creative process
Mallaby’s car: colonial subjects, imperial actors, and the representation of human suffering in postcolonial exhibitions
Part 2: Visual investigations
Comments on the art and research project ‘The division of the earth: tableaux on the legal synopses of the Berlin Africa conference’
DIERK SCHMIDT AND MALTE JAGUTTIS
Late photography, military landscapes, and the politics of memory
Forced displacement, suffering and the aesthetics of loss
Nuclear war as false memory
Part 3: Collaborations
I miss you, Jew!
Spatial dialogues and Holocaust memory in contemporary Polish art: Yael Bartana, Rafał Betlejewski and Joanna Rajkowska
Margit Ellinor: forgotten images
A comment on contemporary Sámi art
Troubled traces: painting and displaying intercultural traumas of Aboriginality
HEATHER KAMARRA SHEARER
Empowering art: reconfiguring narratives of trauma and hope in the Australian national imaginary