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International Holocaust Remembrance Day2021, virtually learn about the "Witnesses of the Witnesses" project

Date:

01/26/2021


International Holocaust Remembrance Day2021, virtually learn about the

On the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2021, we invite you to virtually explore the "Witnesses of the Witnesses" project, an installation by "Studio Azzurro", displayed in the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome in 2019. A sound and visual path, which combines the sensory experience and the collection of testimonies, divided into different sections, created in collaboration with the students participating in the journeys of memory.

"The sensitive path created at Palazzo delle Esposizioni in 2019 arises from the design idea of ​​some students who participated to the Journey of Memory to Auschwitz and from the will of the Municipality of Rome. Witness Generation is the name given to this group of very motivated young people who, at the time of the meeting with Studio Azzurro, had hypothesized to propose to the public an experiential path to experiment new languages ​​in order to raise awareness. Witness Generation is born to take charge of the memory of the witnesses who survived the death camps in order that the expression "not to forget" should not be reduced to a formula of consolation. After the first Journey of Memory, the group decides to repeat the experience and to support the elderly Witnesses in telling "what has been". The exhibition born from the meeting of Studio Azzurro and the spaces of Palazzo delle Esposizioni consisted of several installation environments at the center of which were the voices of the surviving Witnesses and the testimonies of young people, the "Witnesses of the witnesses".

The environments created represented a moment of further thought for Studio Azzurro: how to reach the sensitivity of the people who would have entered that space? How not to invest them with the shocking vision of the already known, with the risk of indulging the addiction to horror? How to "authenticate" again those images perhaps never really "looked at" and yet seen many and many times? In the language developed by Studio Azzurro recourse to asynchrony and the unexpected association between image and sound is frequent. In this work we felt the need to push this chance to the limit, to the point of completely renouncing the correspondence between sound and visual. The choice, made during the process of drafting documents and defining the environments, led to some sound experiments and to many visual solutions that saw the visitor on a territory of close encounter but always "missing" a part of the message. That apparent "lack" made it possible to develop audio stories, photographic appearances and video sequences in an unprecedented relationship and for this reason suitable, we believe, to restore the auroral condition to those documents so intimate that are necessarily "exposed" to protect the memory. "


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