Art, activism, memory
Multidisciplinary approaches to difficult heritage
- Ewa Chomicka
- Aleksandra Janus
- Agnieszka Jabłońska
- Karolina Jakoweńko
- Aleksandra Karkowska-Rogińska
- 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
- Magdalena Kruszewska-Polak
- Magdalena Zych
- Łukasz Bukowiecki
The second session will focus on objects - found in museums and private collections - ones that pose a challenge to researchers, museologists and curators. During short presentations speakers will present specific object(s) and discuss the challenges and dilemmas they encounter in the process of developing, cataloging and potentially presenting them to a wide audience.
- Aleksandra Janus
- Luiza Nader
- Natalia Romik
- Marta Frączkiewicz
- Aldona Modrzewska
- Maria Ferenc
During the third session, 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 is an Israeli artist who is based in Berlin. He is a choreographer, director, performer and teacher, and is a graduate of The Dance School at the Kibbutzim College in Tel-Aviv. Tomer has created several works including SWAN, The ARK, My David & SODOM, Infidelty: A love story and more. His works have been presented in various festivals and venues throughout Europe. His video dance production ‘Objective Romance’ has won several accolades at festivals worldwide.
Robert Yerachmiel Sniderman
poet-artist and fourth generation Ashkenazi settler from places in the traditional territory of the Lenape diaspora, with ancestral ties to eradicated Jewish communities in Warsaw, Jaroslaw and Rzeszów (PL), Chișinău (MLD), Dnipro (UKR), and Seirijai (LITH). Assistant Professor in Socially Engaged Art at Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, Western Washington University and Visiting Professor at the Institut für Kunst im Kontext, Universität der Künste Berlin (2023-24).
Felicitas Heimann-Jelinek studied in Bonn, Jerusalem and Vienna. Chief Curator at the Jewish Museum of the City of Vienna (1993-2011); 2007 Guest Curator at the Spertus Museum, Chicago; since 2011 Freelance Curator. 2011-2013 Director of the Keter Program for Jewish Collections in Ukraine. Teaching positions at the Hochschule für Jüdische Studien in Heidelberg and at the Institute for Jewish Studies at the University of Vienna; 2017 Sigi Feigel Visiting Professorship in Jewish Studies at the University of Zurich; 2018 Franz-Rosenzweig Visiting Professorship at the University of Kassel.
Graduate in political science, practitioner of architecture, designer, artist. In 2018 Romik was awarded a PhD at the Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL. She combines academic research with methods of contemporary art and architecture to explore the (post)Jewish architecture of memory. Romik has been awarded numerous grants (London Arts and Humanities Partnership, Gerda Henkel Stiftung, Dan David Prize). Member of the SENNA collective. Currently the scholarship holder of the Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah.
- Alek Hudzik
The panel discussion closing the event will concern the potential of art as a tool for working with memory, difficult heritage and its contemporary resonance. Together with the invited guests we will consider how art is and can be used as part of research and activist practice aimed at opening public discussion on issues that are marginalized or silenced as inconvenient for building a positive image of certain groups, communities and larger society.