Memory lab: 4 exhibitions, one theme

 As part of the 5th edition of The European Month of Photography in Luxembourg (in partnership with the cities of Athens, Berlin, Bratislava, Budapest, Ljubljana, Paris and Vienna), one of the highlights is the “Memory Lab: Photography challlenges History “ exhibition in four different venues.
Subtitled “Photography Challenges History: Re-writing “ the exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art Grand Duke Jean (Mudam) welcomes the works of David Birkin, Broomberg and Chanarin Antony Cairns, Vera Frenkel, Tatiana Lecomte and Gábor Osz. The National Museum of History and Art’s (MNHA) exhibition – subtitled Memory Lab II – Challenges Photography History: Past, Present shows the works of Erwin Olaf, Bettina Rheims, Silvio Galassi, Antoine d’Agata, Adrien Pezennec, Andreas Mühe, Lina Scheynius, Gerhes Gabor and Vee Speers.
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Memory Lab – Traces at Cercle Cité

The photographs of this exhibition refer historically to very different conflicts: the trenches of the first world war are the subject of Jonathan Olley’s photographs. Henning Rogge is spotting the remaining craters of the Second World War in the German provinces. What these works have in common – if you compare with the photographs of Tatiana Lecomte and Sarah Schoenfeld – is that all images refer to conflicts that are not really or only partially visible in the image. Nothing evokes the barbarity of war unless it solicits the memory and historical knowledge of the visitor. Even recent history through photos of Attila Flozsmann (the conflict in Libya) or the tapestries or “knit-wear “ of Tania Boukal ( she evokes the situation of the immigrants or war refugees ) only point to events and conflicts rather than openly addressing them as would do a war photographer or correspond. These images track reality; but their power resides on the capacity to kindle emotions should we fail to remember what happened.