Death and Memory: A Memorial and Museum for Euromaidan
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Memorials are a way of mending hardship through the commemoration of past events. They are a physical manifestation and expression of events, used as a way to come to terms ends. They also create an opportunity for interpretation and expression of the past, which can offer new insights and understanding about the events being memorialized, as well as provide necessary reminders of past trauma. In this way, memorials function both as a means of expressing the thoughts and feelings of current people, to provide a coping mechanism in the present, while simultaneously serving as way to remind people,in the future, of the events so they are not forgotten. A memorial is not meant to re-enact the events as they occurred, but rather, it serves as a method capturing the current collective and individual feelings that exist the minds of the people. It allows for the ephemeral forces that exist in the world to become qualitative, expressed through a physical presence that allows for visitor encounter. It is through this continued encounter that memorials provide people with a method of reflection, in addition to creating a mechanism of recurring memory that speaks to the future. This thesis proposes a memorial and museum for the Euromaidan and its artifacts, exploring the role of the memorial and the way we remember in society today. Using light, space and material, the proposal expresses the reoccurring sensations that characterize the Euromaidan protest. In doing so, it questions architecture’s role in the creation of memorials, and its ability to act as a reminder for a dark past.
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Mark Fraser (2019). Death and Memory: A Memorial and Museum for Euromaidan. UWSpace. http://hdl.handle.net/10012/14718