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Can memorials heal the wounds?

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In 2014, the Swedish artist Jonas Dahlberg won a competition for a memorial to the victims of the Utøya massacre. The project, called Memory wound, aimed to cut an island into half to symbolise the death of 77 persons killed during the 2011 Norway attacks. But controversy beset Dahlberg’s proposal. Environmentally-friendly Norwegians opposed changes in the natural landscape. Local residents — already traumatised by the mass killings, stood against the project. “How we are supposed to heal the profound wounds”, they wondered, “with sucha constant reminder of the tragedy?”Perhaps even without knowing it, the Norwegians raised a very important and somehow forgotten question: What is the purpose of memorials? Can memorials help healing of the wounds or do they simply keep them open?
Tijdschrift: Observing memories
ISSN: 2565-2923
Issue: 2
Pagina's: 56 - 63
Jaar van publicatie:2019