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Begrepet "the painful heritage" refererer til den smertefulle historiske arven etter Nazi-Tysklands behandling av fanger i sitt enorme leirsystem under andre verdenskrig. Betegnelsen kan også utvides til å omfatte erfaringer fra andre krigs- og konfliktsituasjoner.


Det er vanskelig, for mange til og med umulig å snakke om traumatiske krigserfaringer, grove ydmykelser, tabu- og skambelagte overgrep. På seminaret får man presentert på hvilke måter kunsten de siste 20-25 årene har spilt en rolle som en kanal for bearbeiding av og refleksjon omkring den smertefulle historien.


Deltakere på seminaret:

Katarzyna Bojarska (Polen), Nikola Suica (Serbia), Jon Reitan (Norge), samt de to kunstnerne bak årets Falstad Kunst: Anna Baumgart (Polen) og Darko Stojkov (Serbia).


Katarzyna Bojarskas presentasjon har tittelen "Facing Past Terror: Polish Art after '89".

Synopsis: "In my presentation I would like to concentrate on what I consider most interesting strategies of critical representation and rethinking of the traumatic past in Polish contemporary art. I have chosen 1989 as a caesura which opens new discursive, political practices and therefore triggers new artistic strategies in the context of traumatic past, especially of World War II and the Holocaust. I will try to argue for the unique character of this situation as well as present and discuss most prominent examples of artistic approaches to historical events, sites and narratives."


Nikola Suica's presentasjon har tittelen "GENERATING REMEMBRANCE - Memorials of imprisonment and mass murder in South Slavic region: representation, nonvisibility and oblivion".

Synopsis: "This presentation makes an urgent cause, due to a certain dispersive issue of remembrance and a neglect of such heritage that reshaped the historical memory of WW II and the experience of Holocaust in ex Yugoslavian Republics. The culture of trauma is bred with images and  video excerpts  showing a consequences of neglect but also certain hidden aspects inside contemporary artistic practise.  There is a brief survey of cultural significance both in hints of artistic production as well as the historical sites and spaces.  By examining a contemporary Serbian way of dealing with the Nazi occupation events of persecution, imprisonment, torture, mass murder is juxtaposed with a more recent events of war trauma, humiliation and isolation."


Jon Reitans presentasjon har tittelen: "Along the traces to Auschwitz. Holocaust in the Norwegian Historical Culture".


The artists Anna Baumgart and Darko Stojkov will talk about their own works for Falstad Kunst 2010, the films "Fresh Cherries" and "Second Journey". What were their thoughts about this commission at the beginning, and what do they think now after finishing the work?