In the past decades, an increasing social desire for representation and participation in decisions about the politics of remembrance can be observed. As various groups partake in the process of negotiating social identity, a disagreement arises between contemporary knowledge and symbolic monuments such as statues, buildings, street names, and others. In Berlin, for example, this concerned the renaming of May-Ayim-Ufer and Anton-Wilhelm-Amo-Straße or the demolition of the Palace of the Republic and the reconstruction of the Berlin City Palace.
These phenomena pose questions about the dynamic processes of shaping history, the linearity and solidity of the latter, as well as the undercurrents influencing the formation of the public landscape. A monument is thought of as something solid and everlasting; a legitimate and objective witness of historical facts. But is that really the case? Mathias Weinfurter invites us to think on the ephemerality of monuments, their relationship towards the structures of power, and the hidden layers below contemporary expressions of public memory.
Curator: Jorgina Stamogianni // assistance: Dimitra Charizani // acknowledgement: Anna Boldt, Carsten in der Elst, Neria Smith, Nils Altland