Fault-lines: Four short observations on places of peace, trauma, and contested remembrance

Gough, P. (2006) Fault-lines: Four short observations on places of peace, trauma, and contested remembrance. Journal of Visual Arts Practice, 5 (1). pp. 39-48. ISSN 1470-2029

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/jvap.5.1and2.39/1

Abstract

Preservation of historical remains is ridden with complexity. In particular, battle landscapes are multi-layered, with many different and intersecting ideas and meanings about identity, place and landscape production. This paper explores the site of battle as a place of the imagination, as a site of continued dispute, a ‘debatable land’. Focusing on contested terrain in northern Europe, the paper also briefly examines the creation of new monuments in ‘imperial’ London and New York, suggesting that the lack of a dialogical rationale for such memorabilia fails to extend the language of remembrance, settling instead for monolithic forms that perpetuate the status quo, prioritizing the ‘plinth’ over more fluid forms of remembering.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:battlefields, commemoration, representation, remembrance, memorials
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education
ID Code:7875
Deposited By: Dr P. Gough
Deposited On:15 Jun 2010 11:23
Last Modified:14 Aug 2013 08:40

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