Lay summary
The project “Politics of Memory and Art Practices: The Role of Art in Peace and Reconstruction Processes” [PIMPA / PPR] is concerned with the representation of massive violations of human rights in the public space. Since the 1980s, the will to commemorate has been manifested in a proliferation of remembrance initiatives. However, while commemoration has multiplied in public space, the role of artistic practice has yet received little study, despite the fact that remembrance initiatives appear to be an integral part of the politics of reconciliation.

By bringing together the theoretical approaches of political science and humanities, on the one hand, and artistic approaches, on the other, the project seeks to cross-reference the research areas by implementing a critical interdisciplinary methodology. This approach is based on the idea that the space of contemporary art and the mechanisms that form part of a wider public domain require a radical re-reading and a broader conception of the arts.

To contribute to a better understanding of the dynamics and impact of commemoration initiatives in the process of recognition and reconciliation, the research develops from an analysis of a few case studies precisely defined in time and geography to concentrate on three main objectives: to analyse the way gross human rights are represented; to examine the decision-making process of the different shareholders in remembrance initiatives (i.e., artists, governments, political parties, human rights activists, victims' associations); and to study how these commemoration initiatives have influenced societal debates on the representation of the past, collective identity and reconciliation processes.

The expected results shall include academic publications, scientific meetings, public conferences, round-tables and debates, as well as an art exhibition and related publication.