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Commemorating Amnesia

Admission: Free
Exhibition: 07.04.2022, 17:00

Thursday-Saturday: 16:00-20:00

Add to calendar 2022:04:07 17:00:00 2022:05:20 23:00:00 Europe/Athens Commemorating Amnesia Commemorating Amnesia - More informations on /events/event/3604-commemorating-amnesia Callirrhoë Eleni Riga, Olympia Tzortzi

Remembering and forgetting, linking the past with the present, memory, abeyance and oblivion are the result of processes of re-interpretation of the past - the past as it is remembered and commemorated. But what if memory -our memory -fails us? Personal memories are recorded through the filter of our collective and social memories. The act of remembering and (intentionally) forgetting as well as the different narrations and versions of its story, constitute the activation and deactivation of our knowledge and given information along with a live tracing of a memory scape. Memory glitches have been linked to overwhelming traumatic events such as war, abuse, accidents or disasters. Under these circumstances, the body develops coping mechanisms for its own self-perseverance. As the definition states, dissociative amnesia is a condition in which a person cannot remember important information about their life – information limited to specific areas or a great part of someone's life. Often “forgetting curves” is being used; a model that calculates the decline in memory retention over time. It is a curve that helps us to visualize the average time in which humans forget things if they do not actively try to recall them. Rememory definition refers to those moments that have been forgotten and repressed, moments that are not familiar anymore because they have been buried for a significant period of time. Rememory also addresses their recollection. The relationship between memory and amnesia, memory and history is one of continuous reassessment, ranging from identification and polarization to various forms of integration or coexistence. Through this process, it is not clear whether history is remembered as it was or whether it is reconstructed from fragments of real and fabricated memories. So are we rewriting memory every time that we are describing reminiscence? 

Commemorating Amnesia