The Holocaust Galleries

Engaging 21st century audiences with the complex story of the Holocaust

Project Details

The new groundbreaking Holocaust Galleries at Imperial War Museum (IWM) London make it the first museum in the world to present and examine the Holocaust within the context of the Second World War. A close collaboration between Squint/Opera, the IWM curatorial team and exhibition designers Casson Mann, the galleries immerse visitors in the powerful human story of the Holocaust and challenge the way we understand and learn from our past.

Client

Imperial War Museum

Location

London, UK

Sector

Museums & Attractions

Collaborators

Casson Mann, Idee und Klang

The Brief

Working closely with the IWM curatorial team, we were tasked to create the media content for the new Holocaust Galleries and present a dark and complex episode of human history in a sensitive, engaging and accessible way.

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Our Response

Squint produced a wide range of media content for 11 galleries, including digital exhibits, video installations, films and motion graphics, bringing the stories of real people from diverse communities to a new generation of museum visitors. Our aim was to make history feel current, ensuring that human experiences of these horrific events are never forgotten. Creative use of film and digital media played a key part in engaging new and future audiences with the complex narrative of the Holocaust.

Using motion graphics, Squint visualised for the first time important data to reveal the scale of the deportation organised by the Nazi regime. A digital map puts into perspective the complicity of the multiple parties involved in the orchestration of something so cruel. The media design creates a meditative and emotive environment, which not only informs but also allows visitors to reflect on a difficult subject.

An inevitable sense of unease is carefully balanced with contemplative moments. The most powerful of these perhaps is the Massacre room - set against a backdrop of large-scale projections of serene landscapes. Only at a close second look, does one find out that this is actually modern day footage of former massacre sites. Exploring the concept of absence and memory, the film edit treats landscape as archive material and purposefully brings the Holocaust into the modern day. The approach highlights the fragility of peace and humanity and our need to not only commemorate, but learn from the trauma of the past.

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