Expertiseportaal van de Hogeschool Gent


Unfolding Amnesia: An Interdisciplinary Research into Artistic Practices and the Politics of Oblivion

Project: Onderzoeksproject

  • Kovacevic-Juresa, Jelena (Projectmedewerker)
  • Kwakkenbos, Lars (Projectcoördinator)
  • Stalpaert, Christel, UGent, Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, Research centre S:PAM, België (Copromotor)
  • Craps, Stef, UGent, Faculty of Arts and Philosophy and Cultural Memory Studies Initiative, België (Copromotor)
  • Bevernage, Berber, Ghent University, Department of History, België (Copromotor)
  • KMMA - Koninklijk Museum Voor Midden-Afrika, België (Copromotor)
  • Independent curator, Kroatië (Copromotor)
  • Grzinic, Marina, Conceptual Art Study Program, Institut für bildende Kunst, Vienna, Oostenrijk (Copromotor)
  • Stojnic, Aneta, Department of Humanities and Theory of Art and Media, Faculty of Media and Communications, Belgrade, Servië (Copromotor)

All societies have experienced traumatic events in their past. Various groups in the respective society usually compete for their own narratives to become hegemonic. Collective memory tend to provide fabrication and elaboration of key details about the past, omitting the accuracy and authenticity of past events, giving solid form, power and authority to the state identity joined with political goals. Through the production of hegemonic memory, political past of a certain group (national, racial, ethical, economical etc.) is systematically changed and altered by the dominant state structures of power and knowledge. More precisely this means that specific historical events and/or periods are erased from the public discourse and as such forgotten and pushed into the realm of the collective amnesia or compartmentalized and discontinued. Such collective amnesia is promoted by the politics of forgetting as political-discursive process in which specific marginalized social groups are rendered invisible and forgotten within the dominant national political culture.

This interdisciplinary research project investigates the emancipatory potential for the production of critical thought through artistic practice, education and research. The research integrates recent developments in art research, philosophy of history and postcolonial studies to investigate mechanisms of the politics of oblivion concerning difficult pasts. It draws from the idea that arts provide the most suitable platform for transdisciplinary investigations on the politics of memory and oblivion.

In research focus are art works and art projects that aim at uncovering the many truths about past wrongdoings by a government on the one hand and that examine the politics of oblivion at work in the construction of a homogeneous national identity on the other. The research methodology will be integrated in the development of  teaching seminars with Master students, an art exhibition, artist book and international symposium followed by the publication with the contribution from symposium participants.

StatusIn uitvoering

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