December 14-15, 2023

Art, activism, memory

Multidisciplinary approaches to difficult heritage

Muzeum Historii Żydów Polskich POLIN

Program

There are sites, objects and stories that can be called difficult heritage. It is a very particular type of public concern with the past - it can be meaningful, but at the same time contested or awkward for public reconciliation. When tackled in public debate, it tends to open up social divisions and resist any attempts to be comfortably acknowledged as part of a given group’s history and identity. However, there are examples of artistic, activist and multidisciplinary practice tackling difficult heritage that proves to be successful in working through these challenges.

The event is a meeting of experts and practitioners - heritage professionals, local authorities, memory activists, artists, educators and civic society organizations - to reflect on the potential of various approaches to difficult heritage. In particular, we are interested in the potential of the use of art and multidisciplinary toolbox to tackle difficult and/or contested issues.

The event consists of two days. The first day is dedicated to Jewish artists and their practices in using art as a tool of working with the past. We invite artists identifying as Jewish who are exploring Jewish history, experience, tradition or religion in their work, to a gathering with a goal of reflecting on the potential of art as one of the multidisciplinary approached to difficult heritage. The gathering will be a step towards establishing a network (or another form) of relationship between group members that the organizing institutions are willing to support and help grow using the outcomes from the event.

The second day consists of four sessions. The first two are focused on sites and objects that can be called difficult heritage. The third will be a debate around a single object and questions it poses. The fourth will be a panel discussion on the uses of art as a method of working with difficult heritage and contemporary challenges.

  • Art as a tool for working with difficult heritage

    14th of December 2023
    • 10.00

      Welcome and visit to the exhibition "Around Us a Sea of Fire"

      Conference room, POLIN Museum
    • 11.00

      Introductions of participants

      Conference room, POLIN Museum
    • 12.30

      Presentation of artistic practices

      Conference room, POLIN Museum
    • 13.30

      Lunch break

      Conference room, POLIN Museum
    • 14.30

      World Cafe

      Conference room, POLIN Museum
    • 15.45

      Coffee break

      Conference room, POLIN Museum
    • 16.00

      Long table: a network of Jewish artists

      Conference room, POLIN Museum
    • 18.30

      Mikołaj Trzaska's concert "Eternity for a while"

      SPATiF Club
  • Multidisciplinary approaches to difficult heritage

    15th of December 2023
    • 09.30

      Welcome and opening

      • Ewa Chomicka
      • Aleksandra Janus
    • 10.00

      Session 1: Sites

      • Agnieszka Jabłońska
      • Karolina Jakoweńko
      • Aleksandra Karkowska-Rogińska
      • Magda Rubenfeld
      Conference room, POLIN Museum
    • 11.30

      Coffee break

    • 12.00

      Session 2: Objects

      • Renata Piątkowska
      • Magdalena Kruszewska-Polak
      • Magdalena Zych
      • Łukasz Bukowiecki
      Conference room, POLIN Museum
    • 13.30

      Lunch break

    • 14.30

      Session 3: A meeting with one object

      • Aleksandra Janus
      • Luiza Nader
      • Natalia Romik
      • Marta Frączkiewicz
      • Aldona Modrzewska
      • Maria Ferenc
      Conference room, POLIN Museum
    • 16.00

      Coffee break

    • 16.30

      Panel discussion: Art, Activism, Memory

      • Omer Krieger
      • Tomer Zirkilevich
      • Robert Yerachmiel Sniderman
      • Felicitas Heimann-Jelinek
      • Natalia Romik
      • Alek Hudzik
      Conference room, POLIN Museum
    • 18.30

      Alternative tour in the exhibition "Around Us a Sea of Fire"

      POLIN Museum

Organization

Welcome and visit to the exhibition "Around Us a Sea of Fire"
Introductions of participants
Presentation of artistic practices
Lunch break
World Cafe
Coffee break
Long table: a network of Jewish artists
Mikołaj Trzaska's concert "Eternity for a while"
Welcome and opening
Session 1: Sites
Coffee break
Session 2: Objects
Lunch break
Session 3: A meeting with one object
Coffee break
Panel discussion: Art, Activism, Memory
Alternative tour in the exhibition "Around Us a Sea of Fire"

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