Art, activism, memory
Multidisciplinary approaches to difficult heritage
- Ewa Chomicka
- Aleksandra Janus
Co-founder and executive director of the Urban Memory Foundation (UMF) in Wrocław, Poland. UMF is an NGO dealing with the heritage of the pre-war Jewish community of Breslau, today Wrocław. Aga is a manager, fundraiser, cultural activist and researcher in Jewish Studies. For two years (2019-2021) she worked for an Israeli-Palestinian educational programme and previously she had a ten-year professional career in Brussels, where she specialized in event management and communication strategies involving European Union programs and institutions. Agnieszka holds two M.A. degrees, in Political Science from the University of Wrocław and in Jewish Civilizations from the Hochschule für Jüdische Studien Heidelberg. She is the co-author of the publication “Breslau / Wrocław 1933–1949. Studien zur Topographie der Shoah". In 2017-2018 she completed the One-Year-Program at the European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden - Paideia. In 2019, Aga was awarded a Nahum Goldmann Fellowship; since 2017 she is a member of the international Jewish network - ROI Community, a Schusterman Family Philanthropies initiative.
Founder and president of the Brama Cukermana Foundation. She majored in Cultural Studies at the University of Lublin. She is a certified tour guide for the Silesian Region. Karolina completed her post-graduate studies in the Jewish Studies Department at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. She is a certified educator of the Yad Vashem Institute in Jerusalem. Since 2016 Karolina has been the director of the Upper Silesian Jews House of Remembrance (Museum in Gliwice).
- Magda Rubenfeld
The first session will focus on sites that can be considered examples of "difficult heritage". During short presentations, the speakers will present specific sites and places, and discuss the challenges they face when undertaking work aimed at revitalizing, commemorating them or making them available to a wider audience.
- Renata Piątkowska
- Aleksandra Janus
- Luiza Nader
- Natalia Romik
During Session 3, we will focus on one object: a wardrobe found in 2022 in Huta Zaborowska, which was most likely the wartime hideout of a Jewish child. In the first part, Dr. Aleksandra Janus, prof. Luiza Nader and Dr. Natalia Romik will present the results of their research shedding light on the history of the object and the drawings and inscriptions discovered inside. In the second part, a group of invited guests will present their commentaries, and then the audience will be invited to join in the conversation.
Omer Krieger creates performative actions, political situations and civil choreographies in public spaces. In 2006-2011 he co-founded and directed the performative initiative Public Movement, in 2011-2015 he was the artistic director of Under the Mountain: Festival of New Public Art in Jerusalem. From 2018-20 he was the founder and artistic director of 1:1 Center for Art and Politics in Tel Aviv-Yaffa. In his work he explores public experiences and is interested in the relationship between art, civil society, politics and action.
- Tomer Zirkilevich
- Michael Rubenfeld