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The problem with purpose: the contemporary monument


Bywaters, M, The problem with purpose: the contemporary monument, International Journal of Contemporary Humanities, 6 pp. 1-21. ISSN 2207-2837 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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This article will argue that regardless of what physical form a community chooses to select, the contemporary monument must be a process of public discussion, perseverance, and tolerance. The paper explores the reappraisal of history associated with the commemorative monument now underway, and how this is challenged by a new generational change. With memorialisation we must ask the question of whom we are acknowledging, the victim, those remaining or perpetrator. The Sandy Hook massacre and Tuam Scandal are used as examples to explain a new type of media memorialisation. One now grounded within monetary return, community acknowledgement and global media interest.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:monument, acknowledgement, memorial, memory, sculpture
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Art history, theory and criticism
Research Field:Art criticism
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:Design
UTAS Author:Bywaters, M (Dr Malcom Bywaters)
ID Code:154545
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Cultural Collections
Deposited On:2022-12-12
Last Modified:2022-12-12

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