The Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery in Nantes, France, designed by RWU Professor of Architecture Julian Bonder and Harvard University Professor and public artist Krzysztof Wodiczko continues to receive extensive international attention following its opening in 2012. This June 2013 Wodiczko and Bonder gave a joint presentation at the Memorial in Nantes, France for scholars and participants to a group from South Africa, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Dominica, the UN, Vietnam, France, Germany, and Ireland. In Barcelona, Spain Bonder lectured at the Centro de Cultura Contempranea de Barcelona (CCCB) within their Metropolis Masters Program, followed by 3 lectures in Lithuania—at the M.K. Ciurlionis Museum in Kaunas, organized by Architecture Fund, at the City Researchers organization in the conference “Experience of Publicness” in Sianciu, and at La Boheme in Vilnius organized by the New Left Organization and funded by the Rosa Luxembourg Foundation, Berlin. The Memorial is also included in a travelling exhibition, Public Space, exhibited to date in Medellin, Bogota, Toulouse, Marseille, Barcelona, and will travel to New York and others.
The Memorial is included in a 25 year Mies van der Rohe Prize exhibition set to open at the Milano Trienale this summer, and was one of 34 shortlisted projects out of 335 nominated works for the 2013 Mies Arch European Union Prize for architecture. The work is also featured on the cover of the Korean magazine C3 Architecture + Landscape + Urbanism; in the issue focusing on Death and Architecture, in a grouping of projects “Architecture of Memorial”.