The generation that has lived through the war is disappearing. However, their stories do not vanish with them. They have been collected in literature, diaries, historical books and they live on in the Second World War monuments. These monuments and particularly the young employees who are linked to them by profession are the focal point of Snow in Summer: The Future of Remembrance.
For Snow in Summer Chris and Marjan have interviewed and taken portraits of these young employees. What does remembrance mean to them, why does it matter and what is the effect of working in such an emotional place on them? In addition to this human aspect, they have also photographed the monuments themselves. Yet, can one capture beauty in a place that’s laden with brutality? The cliff that is reflected in the waters so esthetically today, is where people were pushed down off 75 years ago. Beneath the photogenic knotty tree lies a mass grave. They tried to capture this paradoxical beauty.
By interviewing employees of eleven monuments in seven countries, they learned that remembrance isn’t just a two-minute silence. Remembering can ask new questions, it can be difficult, it’s allowed to get uncomfortable. Remembering is definitely not solely about the past, it is to be linked to the present. How can we avoid atrocities such as the Holocaust from happening again and how do we stay wakeful of crimes that are still being committed and the xenophobia that people have yet to shake?
Snow in Summer: The Future of Remembrance is a project by Chris and Marjan in collaboration with Melkweg Expo. Due to the current circumstances regarding the Coronavirus, we created an online exhibition: www.snowinsummer.nl.