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The Fool’s Journey: Holocaust Museums and Jewish Misrepresentation

Golden, Julia (2021) The Fool’s Journey: Holocaust Museums and Jewish Misrepresentation. [MRP]

Item Type: MRP
Creators: Golden, Julia
Abstract:

“Instead of self-imposed pride and importance, maybe it makes sense to humble ourselves, and
acknowledge, that we are all Fools making our way from darkness to light, learning life lessons
as we go.” This statement, which I wrote to myself at the outset of this project, serves as a guiding
principle as I reflect on the topic at hand. In this project, I explore how a universal and apolitical
approach to Holocaust museum narrative might be fostered, by examining the relationship of the
Israeli state and Zionism as a global political by-product of this state apparatus viewed through the
lens of the Holocaust museum as a pedagogical tool. My research questions the ways in which
museum architecture, and particularly Holocaust museums, contribute to and perpetuate the
ideological regime of Zionism as a cultural, political and pedagogical project. I am interested in
how Zionist propaganda has been manifested in Holocaust museums’ architecture across the
contemporary world as a cultural system of information dispersal, ideological training and
hegemonic control. This research will also attempt to examine secular spiritualities, in particular
Jewish New Age mysticism, to suggest a more holistic and universal approach to storytelling
techniques that have been lost within the current standards of Holocaust museum architecture.

Date: September 2021
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2021 19:37
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2021 19:40
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/3518

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