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Artistic Memorialization of the Roma Holocaust in Romania
Artistic Memorialization of the Roma Holocaust in Romania

Rendering Visible the Historical Trauma and Documenting the Suffering

Author(s): Caterina Preda
Subject(s): Cultural history, Museology & Heritage Studies, Visual Arts, Civil Society, Comparative politics, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, WW II and following years (1940 - 1949), Transformation Period (1990 - 2010), Present Times (2010 - today), History of the Holocaust, Film / Cinema / Cinematography, Inter-Ethnic Relations, Politics of History/Memory, Politics and Identity
Published by: Institutul National pentru Studierea Holocaustului din Romania ELIE WIESEL
Keywords: Roma Holocaust; Porrajmos; artistic memorialization; memory;

Summary/Abstract: Although the Roma Holocaust in Romania has been documented, and there is an officialpolicy to recall this historical fact, its memory is marginal in contemporary Romaniansociety. This article analyzes four recent examples of art of memorialization of the RomaHolocaust in Romania and argues these artistic forms of memory play an important role inthe building of a more comprehensive public memory of the Porrajmos. The analysis usesan interdisciplinary approach, which combines theoretical resources that belong to the studyof cultural memory with a focus on artistic memory, and the analysis of the relationshipbetween art, politics, and memory. The examples of artistic memorialization have two aims:to render visible the historical trauma through the use of testimonies of the survivors and toprovide further documentary sources of this historical trauma.

  • Issue Year: XI/2019
  • Issue No: 12
  • Page Range: 123-148
  • Page Count: 26
  • Language: English