Workshops + Round Table: Memories of Monuments

Workshop with local youth 
Univerza na Primorskem / Università del Litorale Izola-Isola & Koper-Capodistria, Slovenia
October–November 2015
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Workshop with local youth I
Izola-Isola, 21 October 2015

Coastal towns of Slovenia are marked by their plural identity, typical of similar cross-road areas. The Istrian bilingual and multicultural community have developed a singular and highly complex view on their own past, namely from WWII onward, when the historically Venetian lands (later Austrian, Austro-Hungarian and Italian) became first, in 1945 part of a multinational temporary state, the Free Territory of Trieste and only in 1954 part of the Yugoslav socialist federation. With this local specificity and complexity in mind, our first workshop addresses that group of population who were born after 1991 and for who Yugoslav socialism is part of a far past – these are the present teenagers. Interested students of local high-schools, both of Slovenian and of Italian language, are invited to participate in this one-day workshop in Izola-Isola to discover which are the public monuments to the National Liberation Struggle and/or to socialism – what is their aesthetics an symbolism but also the state of conservation and, primarily, their role in the perception of the general public. Through group fieldwork in the streets and squares of Izola-Isola and through interviews and questioning of local inhabitants the students will look for answers to the above questions while investigating their own perception and knowledge about the early post-WW II period and its monuments.

Workshop with local youth II
Koper-Capodistria, 5 November 2015

The second workshop builds upon the first one since the same group of students will continue their inquiry and research in the neighbouring town of Koper-Capodistria, using the same methodology but this time applying it specifically onto the preservation and perception of the busts of national heroes, that in the previous decades gave names to street, squares and schools, but are today collected all together in a park, almost hidden behind the trees. This second meeting will focus also on the presence and role of the Italian community and their heroes. Intersections, overlaps and conflicts within the memories of the different groups of local population will be in the spotlight. In fact, the red thread of both workshops lies in the questions regarding individual and collective memories about the immediate post-war period.

Izola-Isola, Oreste Dequel: Solidarietà/Solidarity, 1953, photo: Neža Čebron Lipovec, 2014

Workshop III
Guided visit the Istrian hinterland
Koper-Capodistria, 26 November 2015

We dedicate the morning to a particular guided visit through the Istrian hinterland where several high-quality sculptures as monuments to the National Liberation Struggle are situated. With this excursion, open for public, we will look into the iconography of single sculptures and the underlying motifs as conceived by their authors, among which salient is the role of the artist Jože Pohlen. In the afternoon, a round table with selected specialists will be held in Koper regarding the meaning of WWII monuments in a multicultural area such as Istria, defined by contested memories.

Round table
C
arved memories: Heroes and monuments of the national liberation struggle and socialism
Koper-Capodistria, 26 November 2015, 16.00

Discussion will focus on the meaning of the monuments of the national liberation front and socialism in the contemporary society of Slovenia and Europe, with special attention on the multicultural area of Istria, characterised by diverse and often dissonant memories.

Guests: dr. Nevena Škrbić Alempijević, dr. Sanja Potkonjak from the University of Zagreb and dr. Borut Klabjan from the University of Primorska. Moderators are dr. Katja Hrobat Virloget and mag. Neža Čebron Lipovec from the University of Primorska.

The discussion will be held in Slovenian and Croatian.

Bertoki-Bertocchi, Jože Pohlen, Monument to the victims of WWII, 1976, photo: Andrej Preložnik, 2013

Memories of Monuments – Bilingual programme (SLO/IT)

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