Confronting Dismantled Memories: Remembrance and Civil War

Confronting Dismantled Memories: Remembrance and Civil War

Gernika Peace Museum Foundation

2022/02/08 - 2022/04/20

The topic of the Spanish Civil War and its consequences has proven an unusual one for many artists working after the end of Franco’s dictatorship. With a few notable exceptions, the silence imposed by the so-called ‘transition to democracy’ seems to have been internalised by the art world until relatively recently. The artists participating in the Confronting Dismantled Memories: Remembrance and Civil War exhibition now break this silence, turning their gaze back to what happened during the war and to the silence which engulfed a large part of the population on the losing side, who suffered the consequences of the ensuing dictatorial regime for 40 long years.
Through images, videos, performances and photographs, etc., the exhibition reflects their desire to examine the pain and injustice experienced, tackle unresolved issues and pay tribute to the victims, in the hope that art can alleviate some of the suffering felt and help society understand that memory is a thread that joins the present to the past.

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