Having survived World War II and the bombings of the Liberation gave a new impulse to a whole post-war generation. The innovative modernity of the architects who rebuilt the destroyed cities, the commitment of the construction workers who worked in perilous conditions, and the establishment of new, temporary peaceful diplomatic relations inspired a rich visual and artistic production.
Organized in the framework of the research project Visual Culture of Trauma, Obliteration, and Reconstruction in Post-World-War II Europe (www.victor-e.eu), this conference will take place 20-21-22 April 2022 in Paris, at the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art (INHA). Itwill bring together the viewpoints of historians, visual sociologists, and historians of art, cinema, architecture, photography, painting and other related visual media on the period of Reconstruction following the Second World War in Europe. The research on the challenges of the post-war period, which began in the 1980s, has been fruitful but is only including visual sources since the 2000s. The increased digitization of archival collections, in particular iconographic and audiovisual holdings, encourages the exploration of the Reconstruction period through the rediscovery of these new objects.
As the Annual Visible Evidence Conference got postponed to late 2021 the organisers scheduled a smaller virtual event instead as a “teaser” to the actual conference.
Among other presentation the virtual event also hosts a joint presentation of the international research project “ViCTOR-E – Visual Culture of Trauma, Obliteration and Reconstruction in Post-WW II Europe” in which ACE is acts as associated partner. ViCTOR-E is part of the HERA research programme “Public Spaces: Culture and Integration in Europe”. The virtual presentation on Friday, December 18th , at 18:30 CET titled “Accessing the Visual Archives of Post War Europe: Trauma, Obliteration and Reconstruction” addresses the major shift in the accessibility of the European (documentary) film heritage and the resulting challenges for archival research projects such as ViCTOR-E and gives a first inside into the research results of the project.
VICTOR-E is a collaborative research project of Goethe University Frankfurt am Main (Germany), Università degli Studi di Udine (Italy), Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (Czech Republic), and Université Paris 1 – Panthéon Sorbonne (France), in cooperation with the Deutsches Filminstitut und Filmmuseum (Frankfurt), the Centre National de la Cinématographie (Paris), the National Film Archive (Prague), the Archivio Nazionale Cinema Impresa (Ivrea), and the Association des Cinémathèques Européennes (ACE).
The project explores non-fiction films about the rebuilding of local, national and transnational communities across Europe in the period from 1945-1956 and investigates the question how audiovisual representations of public spaces – and particularly the documentation of war damage and of reconstruction efforts –, have shaped the politics, policies and polities of post-WW II Europe.
Click here for more info about the event and how to register for the Zoom panel.
Click here to learn more about the HERA-project ViCTOR-E.