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Rwanda Since 1994Stories of Change$
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Hannah Grayson and Nicki Hitchcott

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781786941992

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781786941992.001.0001

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‘Memory-Traces’ in the Work of Felwine Sarr and Bruce Clarke: What Stories of Change Can Commemorate the Genocide against the Tutsi?

‘Memory-Traces’ in the Work of Felwine Sarr and Bruce Clarke: What Stories of Change Can Commemorate the Genocide against the Tutsi?

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(p.21) ‘Memory-Traces’ in the Work of Felwine Sarr and Bruce Clarke: What Stories of Change Can Commemorate the Genocide against the Tutsi?
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Rwanda Since 1994
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Eloïse Brezault

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781786941992.003.0003

This chapter investigates two different and recent artistic projects that commemorated the Tutsi Genocide of 1994 in Rwanda from an external perspective, twenty years after: the play by Senegalese intellectual, Felwine Sarr, Sur la barrière (2015) and the public mural by South African artist, Bruce Clarke, in 2014 'Upright Men', which is built collectively with the contribution of Rwandan artists. Sur la barrière depicts the complex relationships between a mother, Isaro, and his son's murderer, Faustin. Both artistic projects acknowledge civilian's memory of suffering and violence: by restoring words to the living but also to the dead, they raise the questions about whose stories to tell. They belong to what Marianne Hirsch calls postmemory and thus renew the reflection on memorialization by situating the genocide of the Tutsi within a global and external perspective. Those artistic projects downplay the tragic story to focus on the present of the survivors, fostering human dignity and triggering conversation with young people that were born after the genocide, in Rwanda but also all around the world.

Keywords:   Genocide against the Tutsi, Postmemory, Felwine Sarr, Bruce Clarke, Theatre, Public mural, Memorialization, Rwanda, Upright Men, Sur la barrière

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