The National Archives, known for high quality exhibitions stemming from their collections, launch a new exhibition, this time with the participation of the public. 'Blackouts/Trous de mémoire' seeks to raise the public's awareness of the importance of preserving memory and, by extension, the reason of being of the National Archives. The exhibition runs from 10 June 2016 to 28 February 2017 at the National Archives on the Saint Esprit Plateau in Luxembourg City.
June 9 is International Archives Day, and also the opening of the exhibition at 6.30 p.m. A date which was therefore not randomly chosen, as the new exhibition talks about the importance of having an intact memory, so no blanks, be it individual or collective.
The exhibition is based on 4 personal contributions from authors in a variety of disciplines, such as the head of archives of the City of Luxembourg, Evamarie Bange, historian Sonja Kmec, the playwright Marc Limpach or author and musician Serge Tonnar .
The contributions of visitors who will write down their blanks on disks made available to them will then gradually be hung on the wall. Thus, the exhibition will be gradually expanded with each new contribution.
Participation in the exhibition will also be done on the Web: each user is invited to contact ANLux with a few words or sentences of a puzzle piece that is lacking in its history, be it personal or collective: missing document, forgotten information, disappeared evidence, shaded area to explore ... Has this memory lapse generated a regret, cast a doubt or nourished a particular question?
He sends his testimony either via the Facebook account 'Blackouts / Trous de mémoire' or the Twitter account 'Blackouts_TdM' specially created, or to the mail address firstname.lastname@example.org specifying whether he wants his contribution to remain anonymous or for it to be nominative. The contributions will then be printed and hung on the exhibition walls among the messages of other participants.
(Article written by the editorial team of the portal 'www.luxembourg.lu' / Source: press release from FilmFund Luxembourg)