International conference “Art and Holocaust”




 “Art and Holocaust: Reflections for the Common Future”


(Venue: Riga Jewish Community, 6 Skolas str., Riga, Latvia)


July 2nd and 3rd, 2019


Conference languages: Latvian/English with simultaneous translation


July 2nd, 2019

09.00 - 09.30    Registration

09.30    Introductory speeches

09.45 - 11.45    Artist as the Witness. Works and Fates I

            (moderated by Rita Ruduša)

09.45 - 10.15    Irmina Gadowska, University of Lodz & Teresa Smiechowska, Emanuel Ringelblum, Jewish Historical Institute (Poland)

Artists under the care of “patrons” in the Lodz and Warsaw Ghettos


10.15 - 10.45    Giedre Jankeviciute, Lithuanian Institute for Culture Research (Lithuania)

Through the eyes of the witnesses. Visual evidence of ghetto life in Vilnius and Kaunas during the Second World War


10.45 - 11.15    Vilma Gradinskaite, Gaon State Jewish Museum (Lithuania)

Visual art as a supplementary source for Holocaust studies: the case of Kovno Ghetto


11.15 - 11.45    Nataļja Jevsejeva, Romans Suta un Aleksandra Belcova Museum (Latvia)

Riga Ghetto in drawings by Aleksandra Belcova


11.45 - 12.15    Coffee break



12.15 - 14.15    Artist as the Witness. Works and Fates II

(moderated by Dr. Giedre Jankeviciute)

12.15 - 12.45    Magdalena Milerowska, Institute of Art History, University of Lodz (Poland)

Life and artistic creation of Felix Nussbaum as an important carrier of Holocaust Memory


12.45 - 13.15    Anastasiia Simferovska, Northwestern University (USA)

A Jewish artist in Nazi occupied Lviv: Jonasz Stern, William Ochs, Henryk Beck


13.15 - 13.45    Magdalena Tarnowska, Warsaw Ghetto Museum / Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University (Poland)

Artists’ attitudes towards the experience of Holocaust. Art and life of four different Polish-Jewish painters: Tadeusz Bornstein, Gela Seksztajn, Aleksander Bogen and Henryk Hechtkopf


13.45 - 14.15    Katarzyna Pietrzak, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, independent researcher (Poland)

“We don’t know what the future will bring us”: Jerzy Jurandot's "Love Looking for a Home" as a reflection of life in the Warsaw Ghetto


14.15 - 15.15    Lunch


15.15 - 17.15    Memorialization: Collective and Individual Approaches

            (moderated by Ieva Astahovska)

15.15 - 15.45    Katrin Schmidt, Federal Art Collection of Germany / Jenny Gaßer, art historian (Germany)

Images of the Holocaust in East German art (1945-1989)


15.45 - 16.15    Inna Rogatchi, The Rogatchi Foundation (Finland)

Building memory: memorial architecture of Prof. Rainer Mahlamäki


16.15 - 16.45    Peter Kohalmi, Hungarian University of Fine Arts (Hungary)

Holocaust and memory in the oeuvre of Miklós Erdély


16.45 - 17.15    Karen Frostig, Lesley University and Brandeis University (USA)

A sense of place: Holocaust commemoration in Riga


17.30 - 19.00    Boris Lurie: The Return

            (moderated by Iļja Ļenskis)

17.30 - 18.00    Dr. Eckhart Gillen, Boris Lurie Art Foundation/independent curator (Germany)

Is the Shoah representable? The example of Boris Lurie


18.00 - 19:00 - Film screening: Rudij Bergmann. The Art of Boris Lurie


July 3rd, 2019


09.30 - 11.00    Exhibiting and Reflecting on the Holocaust I

            (moderated by Lolita Tomsone)

09.30 - 10.00    Oliver Dominik Plessow, Rostock University (Germany)

Arts, aesthetics, and the historiography of the Holocaust


10.00 - 10.30    Liv Nilsson Stutz, Linnaeus University (Sweden)

Emotion and resistance. Affective transformation and embodied narratives in the Ravensbrück Prison Camp


10.30 - 11.00    Jakub Nowakowski, Galicia Jewish Museum (Poland)

The Holocaust and post-Jewish spaces as presented through the contemporary photographs at theTraces of Memory” exhibition


11.00 - 11.30 – Coffee break

11.30 - 13.00    Exhibiting and Reflecting on the Holocaust II

(moderated by Prof. Ruvins Ferbers)

11.30 - 12.00    Eleonora Jedlinska, University of Lodz (Poland)

Works of art and the Jurgen Stroop Report's photographs from the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising


12.00 - 12.30   Hilde Kramer, University of Bergen (Norway), Joanna Podolska, Lodz university (Poland)

Engaging the viewer in a post-memory era: commemoration of the Litzmannstadt Ghetto Children


12.30 - 13.00    Irina Tcherneva, Higher School for Social Sciences/Foundation for the Memory of Holocaust (France)

The arts judge crimes against humanity. Social and political usages of the painting  “The Last Way” by Yosef Kuzkovski in Soviet Latvia (1944-1970)


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