Back then or here and now? Perspectives on trauma and revival


What is war trauma today? What do we as a collective associate as war and war memory? To what extent the framework of personal experience and one’s family history determines our historical/political experience? How do different historical memories: that of world war II and the Holocaust, that of colonisation, that of the postwar in the former West and the former East, that of political transformations of 1989, that of economic and social inequalities, relate to one another? Do we still need to frame this (failed) experience as trauma? What are the drawbacks of this framework? What is a common, shared historical experience as present in the visual arts? What is the European traumatic heritage that visual and performative arts work through?
Public panel discussion with the participation of: Pavel Büchler, Krystyna Piotrowska, Olga Stanisławska
Moderated by: Katarzyna Bojarska
Project organizer: Palais des Beaux-Arts (BOZAR)
Partners: Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art (Krakow), Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (Karlsruhe), Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto (Biella), Jyväskylä University, kim? Contemporary Art Centre (Riga)
Affiliated partners: Pushkin State Museum (Moscow), Tretyakov State Gallery (Moscow), ROSIZO State Museum Exhibition Centre (Moscow), Austrian Culture Forum / Austrian Embassy in Moscow
With the support of the ‘Creative Europe’ Programme of the European Union