This month, we are exploring “Trauma, Memory and Art,” and celebrating a book release.
We are starting off with the interdisciplinary Zoom conference “Trauma, Memory and Art” on November 9, 2020, 12:00-1:30pm ET, in which four experts – Ori Z Soltes, Larry R Squire, Natan P. F. Kellermann and Eva Fogelman – discuss the transmission of Holocaust trauma and memory against the backdrop of art. (SEE EVENT HERE)
The starting point of the discussion is the art of Holocaust survivor Alice Lok Cahana and how artistic sensibilities, traumatic memory—and a sense of obligation to improve the world—have been expressed through three generations of her family—both in who her children and grandchildren are and in how they express themselves artistically.
The discussion will amplify this layered issue from other angles: what have recent biological and psychological investigations offered, regarding what memory is and how it works, if and how trauma can be carried in the DNA—and the implications of all of this for understanding the impact of catastrophes like the Holocaust beyond the generation of those who experienced them directly.
Other virtual events related to this project are:
On November 18, 2020 at 12:00pm ET: “Immortality, Memory, Creativity, and Survival: The Arts of Alice Lok Cahana, Ronnie Cahana and Kitra Cahana” Lecture by Ori Z Soltes (SEE EVENT HERE)
On November 25, 2020 at 12:00pm ET: “Legacy And Creativity: The Filmmaking and Photography of Kitra Cahana”
The photo/video artist Kitra Cahana in conversation with Ori Z Soltes (SEE EVENT HERE)
These topics are explored more deeply in the book “Immortality, Memory, Creativity, and Survival: The Arts of Alice Lok Cahana, Ronnie Cahana and Kitra Cahana,” which is edited by Ori Z Soltes and will be published on November 30th by Berghahn Books and The Fritz Ascher Society.
This project is generously sponsored by the
Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in New York.