Persist Reflect Endure
Florence is home to many historic buildings. This Palazzo is just one, its rich history is what makes it unique to Florence. From the center of government to newly renovated shops it has seen it all. Housing a Museum for the Armenian Genocide captures part of Europe and the worlds hurt to inspire a new generation to learn from the past and make a brighter future.
Palazzo Spini-Feroni Florence, Italy
It is important for us as human beings to learn more about our history. If we do not know events like this genocide, then how are we to handle larger scale tragedies? Even with news articles coming out at the time, it was not spoken of for decades, the Turkish Government silencing those who tried to bring light to the event. We must learn about our past to know where we are going in the future, so we do not repeat the travesties of such events. So we do not give meaning to words such as these,
“Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?” -Adolf Hitler, 8 days before invading Poland
Close-up shot of existing bronze statue proposed for the entrance and courtyard.
Migrations by Michael Aram
Even with news articles coming out at the time, this tragedy was not spoken of for decades. The Turkish Government silencing those who tried bringing light to the event.
Towards the end of the trip through the museum lies a 3D video experience of the Armenian Genocide. This 5 minute video puts visitors in the burning cities and among the survivors, and the lost. With survivor accounts overlaying the video and a cramp space, visitors can feel the genocide.
Materials pallet grows darker and less reflective, in coordination with the path through the museum.
Burning cities was a popular way to wipe out the Armenians from Turkey. In this room ash surrounds visitors, the charred rubble still glows form the embers and the smell of burning hangs in the air. The light at the end of this room, just like those in the genocide looks better, looks like hope. but leads to more heartache as you enter a desert, used to starve and exist victims.