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On Commemoration

Global Reflections upon Remembering War

Edited By Catherine Gilbert, Kate McLoughlin and Niall Munro

How, in the twenty-first century, can we do commemoration better? In particular, how can commemoration contribute to post-war reconciliation and reconstruction? In this book, a global roster of distinguished writers, artists, musicians, religious leaders, military veterans and scholars debate these questions and ponder the future of commemoration. They include the world-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tony Horwitz, the award-winning novelists Aminatta Forna and Rachel Seiffert, and the human rights lawyer and Gifford Baillie Prize-winner Philippe Sands. Polemics and reflections together with poetry and creative prose movingly illuminate a subject that speaks to our common humanity.

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Traces (Susie Campbell)

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‘Traces’ is another section from Susie Campbell’s Tenter.

Traces: A performance note.

The marks in ‘Traces’ indicate an absence where words have been, a thread unpicked, names erased. Traces of the design exist by means of the holes where the needle had passed. Words cease for the duration of the time it took to read, and erase, the names of the 74 refugees who died attempting to make the journey from Calais to UK between 2014 and 2018, while we have been commemorating the 1914 to 1918 war. They were nearly all refugees from war-zones in which the UK has some level of current involvement. These and earlier conflicts, their impact and their enforced migrations form a continuing thread. A pattern of erased names and their traces across the generations.

‘Traces of the design exist… by means of the holes where the needle had passed… in many places minute particles of the different coloured threads were still retained’

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