Angelika Boeck - Germany | Engraved Stone Plaques
‘Memory Nablus’ is an initiative of the artist Angelika Boeck, in which she invites the people of Nablus’ to carry on the work started by her, through adding their own memories on plaques in public spaces. Ten Inscriptions are placed on the walls of the square surrounding Diwan Al-Yasmineh in the Yasmineh neighborhood of the historic center of Nablus; a neighborhood that has been heavily destroyed during the Intifada in 2000. A Diwan (which in German language is used as synonym for anthology) is a traditional community meeting point where people come together for important occasions in life, such as weddings, funerals and communal
deliberations. The texts engraved in stone plaques, a technique largely used in Nablus’ townscape, are based on interviews Boeck held with inhabitants of Nablus in the context of ‘Cities Exhibition – Between Ebal and Gerizim’ in 2011. The randomly chosen participants were asked to tell the artist about “happy moments” that connect them with their city. While the first inscription placed in the square recalls F.E.’s childhood memory of bathing in a fountain that has been now replaced by a stone memorial that commemorates the death and destruction caused during the Israeli invasion, but another inscription describes an initial idea of a love story. The artistic initiative calls for the recording of private moments and secrets of all kinds that reclaim the public space as a testimony of private stories that jointly and over time weave the fabric of a collective memory.