The Nach:Denkmal project deals with cultural memory and commissions ten artists with migration and refugee backgrounds to design “contra monuments” for the urban space of Hanover, to undertake new forms of interference and to publicly position the history of their communities.
“Germany has a lot of catching up to do in dealing with its colonial past. What is needed is a critical examination of power structures and narratives. The project expands the current discourse by offering a different perspective on our history and of what we consider worth remembering and preserving”, says the jury.
3 new questions to … the collective of the Fuchsbau Festival
2023 we look back with great satisfaction on the completed project Nach:Denkmal. It was realised as an independent project over a period of three days as part of the Fuchsbau Festival 2022 in Lehrte near Hanover. The process and the conception phase up to the actual implementation were valuable learning experiences for us as curators, but also for the contributing artists.
The award was decisive for the implementation of the project. The topic of pluralistic remembrance culture – especially artistic realisations in the field – is still a novelty in its consideration by the German funding landscape. Within the framework of Nach:Denkmal, it was possible to show how pluralistic remembering, which often combines abstract and less tangible aspects, can be transferred into an experiential exhibition context. We are very grateful for the award, which recognises the preoccupation with remembrance culture and enables us to develop it in many different ways!
Aktuell befinden wir uns in einer Phase, in der wir über die Verwirklichung neuer Projekte nachdenken, mit Künstler:innen in Austausch stehen und uns in neue Themen einarbeiten.
3 questions to … the collective of the Fuchsbau Festival
With “contra monuments” artists with migration and refugee backgrounds position the stories of their communities in the public space.
The amount of the grant will be used to pay artists’ fees and material costs.
… is that we advocate for an open Europe, fight racist border policies and live in social diversity.