‘Reconstructing a Memory of Guernica’ is an interesting dissertation by William Mondejar submitted for The RIBA Presidents Medal for Student Awards this year. The study reveals what lies hidden behind the façades of Guernica, a village of symbolic significance in Spanish history that lives in the shadow of Picasso’s eponymous painting. It seeks to reconstruct a memory of Guernica before the tragic events of 1937 through a collection of historic objects, with a view to staging an exhibition in Guernica on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the tragedy next year.
Since completing his Part Two this year William’s study has developed from an academic dissertation into a real research project drawing great interest from members of the Basque Government and Ministry of Culture, the Mayor of Guernica and institutions including Gernikazarra and Fundación de la Paz. As a result, an exhibition of the project is currently being designed and curated by William Mondejar and is due to be inaugurated on the 26th of April 2017 in the Casa de Cultura in Guernica.