Never Again! Apology and Coming to Terms with the Past

October 25, 2013 – December 15, 2013


The former tobacco warehouse is transformed into an audio-visual hall for an exhibition exploring how nations come to terms with the past, and the act of apologising in an effort to constitute a common culture of democracy. Examining eight cases from around the world, the exhibition contemplates how states have come to terms with rights violations, massacres, genocide and crimes of humanity, and the meaning of the consequent apology.

In addition to the case studies, the exhibition also includes a comprehensive map of the official apologies issued to date. This special project was realised in consultancy with Elazar Barkan, the Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, and Graham G. Dodds, an Associate Professor of Political Science at Concordia University, and visually designed by designer and artist Mahir M. Yavuz. Two books were also published in scope of the project – a complementary catalogue which can be picked up at Depo, and a book which shares its title with the exhibition and comprises of texts examining the presented case studies in detail, as well as contributions by relevant authors and academicians.


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