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Exhibition of Memorial Concepts

Artist(s): Simon Kuntze-Fechner, Eddie Pinaud, France

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Proposal Title: cellar, 03/03/2008, Mixed media

Proposal Synopsis: The idea of this memorial leans on a civil Iraqian experience. The experience of families who find shelter in their cellars every day, several times a day, during the bomb attacks. The siren has gone off , the bombing is approaching. The Iraqians hide themselves in the cellars. Time goes by, the children play, the families carry on living. At last, they risk themselves out of the shelter. It is a desolation site. Only ruins remain of their houses. It is this traumatic experience that is going to be lived by the visitor. Far from being abstract, the memorial expresses war's brutality. The good aspect of the building's exterior preserves the surprise of the exit. Only the sound of a siren reminds of a possible danger. The visitors go through a well preserved door, enter a hardly lighted tunnel and, little by little, the sound of the siren makes place to the one made by the shelter's inmates, desperate parents and unmindful children. The sunlight at the end of the corridor draws the visitor out of it. He is violently immersed in this desolating space that he doesn't recognize. He slowly understands the story that just has been told.

Artist's Biography: Eddie Pinaud and Simon Kuntze-Fechner have been working together for many years in different countries like Austria, Germany, Spain, Argentina and especially France. They developped their own urban and landscape design and language.

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