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The Politics of Memorials: How We Shape Memory in Public Space

Rachel Mars: FORGE

A pink entrance with a single open door. The word 'Forge' is written on the pink wall in white writing.

Join a panel of guest speakers for an in-conversation event which invites discussion on contemporary issues and questions relating to memorial, public space and architecture in London and the UK.

Chair Dr Jessica Rapson (Senior Lecturer in Cultural and Creative Industries at King's College London) is joined by guest speakers Abigail Morris (former Artistic Director of Soho Theatre and The Jewish Museum) and Torange Khonsari (Co-Founder and Director of the urbanism, public art and architecture practice Public Works).

Among other topics, the panel will address the proposed new Holocaust memorial and the recently announced memorial for the victims of the transatlantic slave trade.

This event is held in connection to Rachel Mars: FORGE, a powerful durational installation with on-stage metal work exploring who memorials are for and what happens to places where traumatic events take place (from Wed 17—Sat 20 May in the Pit Theatre). 

Unfortunately Ron Arad is no longer able to join the panel for this discussion.

Running time: 1 hour and 30 minutes 

Age guidance: 16+ (the subjects covered in this conversation may include inherited trauma, genocide, displacement, persecution)

Image credit: JMA Photography

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