Museographies and memories of Istrian refugee camps

Author/s Roberta Altin
Publishing Year 2022 Issue 2022/298 Language Italian
Pages 18 P. 220-237 File size 150 KB
DOI 10.3280/IC2022-298017
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This article analyzes the process of heritage and identity construction of Istrian exiles, starting from the analysis of some museological practices concerning the Istrian exodus after the Second World War. The refunctionalization of a former refugee camp in a border area is an example of a spontaneous museography focused on the trauma of abandoning Istria and the lost community, which freezes refugees’ identity as victims of the exodus. Another example of heritage is the "rooms of memory" displaying photographs and biographies that does not conform to a single narrative, in parallel with the reuse of former refugee camps for new forms of hospitality; in this way, the experience of former refugees is relocated in the flow of history, fueling relational identities without the dichotomous conflict with the otherness in border areas.

Keywords: Istrian exodus, Memory, Museography, Refugee camps, Border, Heritage

Roberta Altin, Museografie e memorie dei campi profughi istriani in "ITALIA CONTEMPORANEA" 298/2022, pp 220-237, DOI: 10.3280/IC2022-298017