Performative Commemoratives: Spontaneous Shrines and the Public Memorialization of Death

  • Jack Santino


Spontaneous shrines have emerged, both in the United States and internationally, as a primary way to mourn those who have died a sudden or shocking death, and to acknowledge the circumstances of the deaths. The Mourning Wall at the site of the Oklahoma City bombing; the so-called flower revolution in Great Britain after the death of Princess Diana; “Ground Zero” in New York after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, as well as roadside crosses that mark the site of automobile fatalities and memorial walls painted for victims of urban violence are all dramatic examples of public mourning.


Domestic Violence Audience Member Public Display Deceased Individual Ground Zero 
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