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The Approach

BRANTHWAITE, Michael (2019) The Approach. [Artefact]

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‘The Approach’ addresses the politics of ‘remembering’ and ‘forgetting’ (Beech 2002) on former concentration camp at Jasenovac in Croatia where a monument - the ‘Stone Flower’ created by architect Bogdan Bogdanović – deliberately used ambiguous symbolism as part of an attempt to move beyond the conflicted history of the site towards the ideals of brotherhood and unity, socialist revolution, and sacrifice of the new Yugoslav state (Pavlakovic and Perak 2017)The artwork uses handheld footage that deliberately does not represent a clear view of the monument, thus reflecting its aforementioned ambiguity and the difficulties involved in mentally and physically navigating the site. These difficulties are caused by the competing narratives that surround the site, the absence of material remains and the imposing presence of the stone flower. Much like Neme’s film ‘Son of Saul’, omission or absence is often the only way to deal with that which cannot be dealt with (Bradshaw 2016). The work also acknowledges the changing borders of the region by filming the approach to the monument from different angles and the multiple views offered mimics the various agencies wishing to forget and rehabilitate either the victims or perpetrators of the site and its history (Byford 2014).

Item Type: Artefact
Faculty: School of Creative Arts and Engineering > Art and Design
Depositing User: Michael BRANTHWAITE
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2020 15:15
Last Modified: 11 May 2020 09:19
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/6270

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