House of Darkness. Images of a Contested European Memory



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Fechas de inicio y fin
01/12/2020 – 30/11/2023

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“House of darkness. Images of a contested European memory” (HICE) is a cooperation project in which three WW2 memorial centres, together with a non-profit media organisation, invite a young audience to participate in exploring perpetrator spaces and the question of how to incorporate a legacy of brutality and ignorance in the larger narrative of European cultural heritage. HICE is the result of a joint initiative from three of the partners in the consortium: the former Nazi camps and now memorial centres Falstadsenteret (Norway), Herinneringscentrum Kamp Westerbork (the Netherlands) and Gedenkstätte Bergen-Belsen (Germany). Over the past few years, the centres have met with challenges in trying to incorporate perpetrator spaces – former camp headquarters and commander’s houses – in their teaching and curatorial practices. The project is motivated by these challenges. It is also motivated by an accompanying conviction that today, 75 years after WW2 and in a time where growing nationalism and violent extremism threatens European integration, it is crucial not to keep perpetrator history in the dark, risking populist voices’ claiming their ownership to it. HICE will develop outdoor site-specific photo exhibitions connected to digital context providers, which will function as the hub of audience activities: art workshops, summer schools and digital participation initiatives. All activities aim at engaging a young and diverse audience in dialogues on perpetrator spaces as a means to raise awareness of common challenges and reinforce a sense of belonging to a shared European space. The final partner in the consortium is the media organisation Paradox, who contributes with expertise on conflicted history and multi-layered storytelling in documentary photography. The project also will benefit from an advisory board of experts in the field.