Drancy Deportation Memorial, Paris, France

A promenade through light and shadow

A presence,a glimmering light, in the corner of the Cité de la Muette that has made itself part of the ensemble constituted by the Cité de la Muette, the wagon and sculpture,while at the same time keeping a certain distance from it.

This lantern-like structure opens up like the unfolding of a screen,offering at once protection and an invitation to enter. The structure’s façades are opalescent and amber-coloured and are decorated with interlaced designs.

Behind the opalescent façade, faintly coloured to evoke the dreams and reveries of those interned at Drancy, is a promenade through light and darkness. Here, history is told in a stark, precise way in the form of dates and documents.

While everything about the memorial invites expression in black and white, the design proposes to use colour to indicate the imaginings of those who were deported, together with their dreams and reveries. Memory here is expressed in images and in sepia and amber tones. History is told in all the starkness of black and white.

The memorial in the town

The witnesses wall