Mereida Fajardo Bronze

Discipline Winner

Equality + Justice

Year of study
1st Year

University of the West of England

Mereida Fajardo's Website

How do we consume and relate to the past? Memorials are built around the world to commemorate complex, tragic histories and to create spaces for remembrance and learning. But do they always function as intended? Or do they consume the very histories they intend to honour? This visual essay uses various examples of memorial architecture, from Holocaust memorials to the Apartheid Museum, to explore how we as humans attempt to memorialise atrocities, investigating our tendencies to consume history and commodify trauma as we grapple with collective memory and historical justice.