The House of European History is a home. Visitor’s perspectives belong here as well as the exhibition curated by the young people from the Lab Europa workshop in Osnabrück. A full exhibition space is available for you, dear visitor. You are warmly invited to fill the empty showcases. The walls may be marked with your stories. Interactive ‘mind maps’ around the inspiring themes of Unheard Traces are waiting for your contribution. Share your losses and project your hopes. We’ve also launched a participatory comic book, allowing the binding of common memories in a creative way.
UNHEARD TRACES: Young European Perspectives on War and Peace
How can we try to exhibit absence in a museum? Through tracing the paths of memories. This is what seventeen young people from around Europe did through bringing together objects referring to their personal and collective stories related to war and peace in Europe.
Reflecting on the idea of war as a producer of absence and loss, they developed a display arranged by topics of loss, pain, memory and hope. The artist Guglielmo Manenti manages to give a voice to the objects by translating their background stories into illustrations.
With this contribution, the group hopes to open a new dialogue on a promise of a peaceful Europe.
The project is the result of a cross-cultural dialogue in a history lab, which took place in the city of Osnabrück, Germany between 16 - 26 August, as part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage.
The House of European History hosts this project as part of its mission of being a space for multiple perspectives, in which Europeans can compare and confront their diverse memories of a shared past. Providing space for young people’s reflections on the past and hopes for the future is a first symbolic step towards giving space to multiple voices.
Unheard Traces is open from 18 September – 14 October on floor -1 of the House of European History.
The project is the result of cooperation between the “Museumsquartier Osnabrück”, the “Gestapokeller and Augustaschacht Memorial Sites” and the House of European History.