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Anne Chahine

Memory Is Not About The Past

The video installation Memory is Not About the Past aims to understand how former East Germany is remembered today in accordance with the general national historic discourse. The installation focuses on members of the Third Generation East, meaning individuals born in the GDR between 1975 and 1985, who experienced the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 as a child or young adolescent. The field of research is the city of Berlin and all its former East German districts. The intent of this ethnographic encounter is not to solely observe and conduct interviews, but also to stage encounters with the participants in order to access the different layers of memory and perception. The city of Berlin, a site of memory itself, serves as a significant point of reference when developing the methods of inquiry.