Memorial Museum Jasenovac

memorial museum, jasenovac 2005-2007
Nummber of historians, art historians and curators have been involved in the work of collecting data for new permanent exhibition at Memorial camp in Jasenovac since early 2001;
After currating Croatian pavilion at Bienale in Venice, 2004, we ve got an invitation to design the exhibition;
The space was limited - a part of existing building (buildt early 70-ies, design by architect Vovk), size 350 m2;
None of the involved historians won t make a selection of collected data; curator, Leonida Kovac made contemporary concept based on individuals and their lifes before and in the concentration c

Our task was spatial concept – based on endless nummbers of data; to create a space character, a space for scare, helplesness, insecurity, danger, fear... a place which is NOT comftable.
As architects, we never thought how to provoke negative feelings or how to awake all senses – the decision was – the light of darkness (glas panels with writen names, as the ceilling and the only light), black rubber clading for modules - smell, fear;
The luck on space was a reason to organize the space in several units – modeled modules for six topics(based on individuals and their life) and the space inbetween – a general datascape of Concentration camp in Jasenovac, and the context - Second world war and Croatian context at that time)
• names... victims... memories....
• ..the task was more than hard, the existing space seems to small, the amount of data big,... nummber of documents, nummber of pieces.... amount of emotions... bogdan bogdanovic designed a perfect landscape, landscape full of emptiness...
• we ve organized a dark labyrinth; we ve modeled six modules inhabited by more than 40 video screens with still alive victims voices; the space inbeetwen is writen datascape from concentration c
• the only light in the space is comming from the celling – victims names - white translucent lettering printed on glas panels;
• the clading of walls and moduls is dark, black rubber – it smells;
• once you enter the space you feel smell, you hear voices, and you need a time to adapt your eyes on darkness, scared by glas panels hanging just 2.1m above the flor, or just above your head – a lightfull names lettering;
• the rest of space hight is used for infrastructure, is not hidden
exhibition –in progress / process
• during design process we ve been invited for an exhibition at the museum of architecture, croatian academy of sciences and arts, in zagreb, croatia, 2006
• we ve moved the office to the museum place continiuing on design, but public... inviting everybody to be a part, and a critic
• everybody got a blok and a pencil,
• sada / now
• we ve discused, we ve made some details with constructors, we ve played music, we ve eate together, we ve played...
• way by sinatra was playing as the background for a short movie on the main square in zagreb as an invitation to our design process

• architects Helena Paver Njiric with Ana Krstulovi?, Marin Kaliterna
• exhibition Leonida Kovac, Natasa Matausic
• structure Berislav Medi?, UPI-2M
• multimedia Dubravko Kuhta, Tesla
• photography Damir Fabijanic
• site Jasenovac
• size / site350 m2
• client Croatian Ministry of Culture
• project 2005 completed mar 2007
• building costs 900.000,00 eur
• covjek i prostor , process+exhibition sada, 11-12 2006 / hr
• Suvremena hrvatska arhitektura - testiranje stvarnosti - M. Mrduljaš, V. Mimica i A. Rusan, Arhitekst, 2007 / hr
• oris 43, volume IX, number 43, 2007 / hr
• Db, deutsche bauzeitschrift 012008/ d
• Phaidon Atlas, 2008 / uk

South Eastern Europe, Swiss Architecture Museum / co-production with Architekturzentrum Wien, curated by Kai Vöckler , 4th of october 2008 till 4th of january 2009, basel / ch
Harvard university, sept.2008 / usa
Realizacije 2007, UHA anual exhibition, Bernardo Bernardi design AWARD, 2007 / hr
41. Zagreba?ki salon, architectural trienale, okt-nov 2007. Zagreb, curated by Manuel Gausa / PRIZE / hr
AZW, avangarda i kontinuitet, curated by Adolph Stiller, Vera Grimmer, Tadej Glažar, Maroje Mrduljaš, Andrija Rusan, Viena, 6.7.-14.09. 2007. / a