Agonistic Interventions into Public Commemorative Art: An Innovative Form of Counter-memorial Practice?

Anna Bull, David Clarke

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Abstract

In light of recent controversies around the removal or modification of public commemorative art, such as memorials and monuments, this paper interrogates the value of competing approaches to counter-memorial practice using the framework of agonistic memory. It argues that much counter-memorial practice today, as it relates to historical memory, is dominated by a “cosmopolitan” mode that fails to offer a convincing response to the rise of right-wing populism and its instrumentalization of conflicts over public commemorative art. The article investigates two case studies of counter-memorial interventions that focus on the memory of fascism in Europe today and seeks to identify and assess emergent agonistic practices.
Original languageEnglish
JournalConstellations
Early online date20 Apr 2020
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 20 Apr 2020

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