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I Was There

About the Exhibition

The Centre for Memory and Testimony Studies, in association with Wilfrid Laurier University, is proud to announce our digital juried exhibition “I was there.”

We sought individual or collaborative works that explore the tensions between memorialization and tourism. To do so, we asked artists to find their inspiration from any memorial site around the world in order to portray the tension between the memory of a violent past that the memorial site tries to commemorate, and its touristic destiny.

The title of the exhibit “I was there” seeks to convey this tension as the statement is used by the survivor and by the tourist alike, although the meaning and projection of such utterance is radically different in each case. It is therefore the tension between the testimony of the horror lived (the survivor), and the desire for proximity to some natural or cultural icon (the tourist) that the exhibit seeks to reflect and present.

I would like to thank the Centre for Memory and Testimony for funding and supporting this project in association with Wilfrid Laurier University. I would also like to thank all of our jurors (Milo Sweedler, Colman Hogan, and Sarah Matthews), and a particular thank-you for the ideas, inspiration, and guidance from Marta Marín-Dòmine. You have all made this project possible.

About the Curator

Madeline McCaffrey was a master's student in Culture Analysis and Social Theory at Wilfrid Laurier University, and worked as a Graduate Research Fellow for the Centre for Memory and Testimony Studies between October 2014 and January 2016.

Participating Artists

Contact Us:

Marta Marin-Domine

E: mmarin@wlu.ca