Art, memory and public space

June 2 and 3, 2018

How to represent what has disappeared, what is no longer there, what is absent and time has erased? How to explain horror, a trauma whose description only in words will never do it justice? How to fill the ethical vacuum in an anomic society that does not remember the value of the struggle for freedom carried out by previous generations? Art has become an essential element in order to answer these questions. Actions promoted by art have evolved according to their time and place: Holocaust, the victims of the Spanish Civil War, anti-francoism… They are neither remembered nor portrayed today as they were back in time. The use of the past through art has no longer a meaning only perceived by restricted social spheres, for it involves instead a wider range of citizens aiming at a more active social role that is committed with the democratic memory. Public space has become the most appropriate scenery, the citizens´ agora where people walk, meet, debate, make claims, celebrate, love, and live. The public space is the optimal area to carry out these artistic actions, to trigger assaults in the agora, and socially enable or disable the rocks though the socalled countermonuments.

Artea, Memoria eta Espazio publikoa / Arte, Memoria y Espacio público