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Monthly Bulletin from the ‘June 4th Memory & Human Rights Museum’, Dec 2020
Monthly Bulletin, Dec 2020: Open Call for Visual Design Proposals
Dear all supporters of the 'June 4th Memory & Human Rights Museum',
As 2020 approaches its end, the year has been a bitter one for people around the world: the pandemic is raging along with the tyranny, while people are suffering from the loss of their loved ones, or from being forced into exile. When we talked about the June 4th Incident, we used to see it as a day that we need to remember, a day that we fear being forgotten, as if it is a splash of youth bloods that those in power seek to bury, or the last debt the dictators need to pay off before the End of History. Now we know: the history is today — the killing of the innocent, the unjust imprisonment, and the exodus of those being persecuted are still ongoing events. The youth are being suppressed, yet the youth are rising as well. The war between the truth and lies, and between the remembered and the forgotten, are still being fought every day. We have no reason to stop and drop guard here. It is the struggle amid the tragedy, not the tragedy itself, that is connecting us to the past and the future.
This is why you see ‘Memory & Human Rights’ in the name of the June 4th Museum as we launched the project. You might be one of the young protesters in the movements back in the 1980s in China. You might be someone who has been commemorating them in Hong Kong or somewhere else. You might just want to support Hong Kong or this specific museum. But the reason we are here together is that we are all summoned by this historic tragedy, furious at the suppression we are encountering. As the history is repeating itself today, this is a very special, and thus important, connection. And we do appreciate this connection.
For the month of December, the curatorial team will proceed to some more detailed tasks, including categorizing the collections that we have gathered according to three dimensions: time, space, and people. We will be setting up a special sector for Hong Kong, preserving the efforts of people from there for the human rights campaigns in China, as well as the post-2010 changes and resistance that we have been witnessing. The curatorial team will also commence selecting the visual design proposals and developing the website during this winter.
We have received much attention and help for the project, and would like to thank any of you that have reached out to us. Once again, we would like to ask for your help: if you possess any collections, or have participated in any researches related to the 1989 student demonstration and the democracy movement, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to have your contributions permanently archived in our online museum as part of the historical context for public access. Representatives from institutions preserving any aforementioned materials are welcome as well.
In addition to the visual design proposals, we will also be seeking artists and designers from around the globe. We welcome your design proposal for the construction of the museum in physical form. As we have mentioned in the previous bulletin, we hope the museum will not be just a touring exhibition held in bookstores and venues, nor merely a memorial place temporarily situated in a random commercial building, but also legitimately locate at where it should be, with the appearance it should have, just like the Jewish Museum in Berlin, or the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in the US. Please follow our social media accounts, which will soon be set up; we will continue to call for proposals, and are looking forward to presenting them when the museum inaugurates next year.
Please contact us at email@example.com should you have any advice or information that you would like us to know.
We wish you a wonderful holiday season!
June 4th Memory & Human Rights Museum
Dec 3, 2020
「六四記憶‧人權博物館」工作月報2020.12：設計模型全球徵集 Monthly Bulletin from the ‘June 4th Memory & Human Rights Museum’, Dec 2020
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