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Excavating MemorySites of Remembering and Forgetting$
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Maria Theresia Starzmann and John R. Roby

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813061603

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813061603.001.0001

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Representations of Forced Labor in the Irish Magdalen Laundries

Representations of Forced Labor in the Irish Magdalen Laundries

Contemporary Visual Art as Site of Memory

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Excavating Memory

Audrey Rousseau

University Press of Florida

This chapter explores how societies can represent past injustices when few historical documents are available. Based on the hypothesis that art constitutes a visual language that has the ability to activate memories, as well as to create, transform, and disrupt public symbols, Rousseau analyzes six contemporary works of art, which depict the violence endured by girls and women in the Irish Magdalen Laundries. She shows how stories that have for the longest time been silenced in public memory can be rendered visible through art. At the interstices of historical documents, these potential sites of memory become tools for commemorative practices and new battlefields for truth and storytelling.

Keywords:   Irish Magdalen Laundries, Memory, Violence, Art, Visual Language, Commemoration

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