Holocaust Memorial Rio
Interactive and multimedia exhibition design
SuperUber created, in partnership with IDG’s curatorial team, the Rio Holocaust Memorial exhibition. We learn from the discourse that has evolved over the decades, to bring a new look: instead of the perpetrators, we show stories of resistance from victims and survivors.
The Memorial tells the story in three steps: before, during and after the Holocaust, always permeated by the concepts of resilience and empathy. Designed in a circular shape, the exhibition begins at Centro Vida, a large projection of portraits and quotes from survivors, coming from a strong flame – the flame of life.
Before the Holocaust: the concept of the room is plurality, represented on an interactive table that teaches about the coexistence of different races, religions and cultures. The countryside and the city are represented in colorized photos, which makes visitors connect to the 1930s. In a large projection, we see a series of mini-documentaries of different characters.
During the Holocaust: a special lighting eliminates all colors in the room, taking the “life” out of images and visitors. Interactive maps show the locations of confinement and extermination. The visitor activates, with his/her touch, stories of the survivors, while their portraits form slowly. In the center, the flame of life is dimmed, almost extinguished, emitting the word “resistance” in several languages.
After the Holocaust: the concept is movement. A map shows the migratory flow of persecuted peoples, and we watch a mosaic of videos about the reconstruction of life. In the center, the interactive table is a large photo album with information about survivors hosted in Brazil.
Photos: Beth Santos e Guilherme Leporace