Curating Genocide Museums: Storytelling, Objects and Re-enactments

Venue: Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre

7 September 2016, 15.00 – 17.00

yael Bartana

How can genocide be represented in museum storytelling? How do material objects give a testimony? What kinds of historical re-enactments might an institution such as the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre look to in the writing of its histories?

Looking at comparative challenges that Holocaust and genocide museums in the world have faced, the approaches of the Johannesburg Centre will be contextualised by presenting a method of ‘non-conventional anachronism’. After an introduction that features excerpts of films and actual artefacts for display, we will workshop different perspectives on key object biographies for the future permanent exhibition, such as Xavier Gabor’s rosary and key from Rwanda.

From the perspective of an art historian and producer of museum exhibitions, Dr Khadija Carroll will discuss issues that arise for academics working on exhibitions, turning research into public display. The ethics of speaking for another person will also be a central topic in the workshop. Artists such as Yael Bartana (Jewish Renaissance Movement in Poland) and filmmakers such as Joshua Oppenheimer (The Act of Killing) will provide examples for the workshop.

This workshop is free and open to all but booking is essential. To reserve your place, please email shirley@jhbholocaust.co.za or telephone (011) 640-3100.

On Monday 12 September, another workshop at the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre, ‘Connective Generations’, will look at objects but from the perspective of personal and family remembrance. See here for further details and booking information.

This event forms part of a programme, Remembering the Holocaust and Genocide in the Digital Age, running from 5-13 September at the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre. For a full list of events please click here.

Image: Yael Bartana, JRMIP.