Online Lecture: Trauma, Transgenerational Memory and Aesthetic Transformation

Lubaina Himid, "Le Rodeur: The Exchange", 2016, Acrylic on canvas, 183 x 244 cm © Lubaina Himid. Image courtesy the artist and Hollybush Gardens, London
Photo: Andy Keate *

“Images of History in Contemporary Art”

The online lecture is an event of the art historical research project "Images of History in Contemporary Art" funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation in Bern.

This talk by Griselda Pollock inquires the main questions and broader issues of "Transgenerational Memories", one of the fields of investigation in the research project "Images of History in Contemporary Art". Since the late 1970s, Pollock belongs to the most influential scholars in the field of avant-garde, modern, and postmodern art – with a special focus on feminist psychoanalytical approaches in art history as well as breaks and continuities in cultural memory.

Are memories and traumas encrypted or inscribed in art? Can art be understood as a place within which traces of trauma are passed on and even aesthetically transformed? Drawing on psychoanalytic theories, memory research, and aesthetic practices, art historian Griselda Pollock will explore the concept of art as a “transport station of trauma.” In her lecture, she will discuss the works of cinéaste Chantal Akerman (1950–2015), the painters Bracha L. Ettinger (b. 1948) and Lubaina Himid (b. 1954) and present a specifically feminist and art historical contribution to trauma studies.

Griselda Pollock is Professor emerita of Social & Critical Histories of Art, University of Leeds and Laureate of the Holberg Prize 2020 for her work in feminist art history and cultural analysis. Recent Publications: "Concentrationary Art: Jean Cayrol, The Lazarean and the Everyday in Post-War Literature, Music and the Visual Arts" (ed. with Max Silverman, 2019), "Charlotte Salomon in the Theatre of Memory" (2018), "Concentrationary Imaginaries: Tracing Totalitarian Violence in Popular Culture" (ed. with Max Silverman, 2015), "After-Image/After-Affect: Trauma and Aesthetic Transformation" (2013).


Zoom Link:
Meeting-ID: 691 8069 3071
Passcode: 44746070

Join our research group on May 18, 2022 at 6 pm in room UP_1.02.0.15 at Neues Palais, Potsdam.


* Photo:
Lubaina Himid, "Le Rodeur: The Exchange", 2016, Acrylic on canvas, 183 x 244 cm © Lubaina Himid. Image courtesy the artist and Hollybush Gardens, London. Photo: Andy Keate. 

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Prof. Griselda Pollock

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18.05.2022, 18:00
18.05.2022, 19:15


“Images of History in Contemporary Art” | Swiss National Science Foundation, Bern | invited by Ulrike Gerhardt, Post-Doc | Melanie Franke, Professor of Art History


Universität Potsdam, Campus I - Am Neuen Palais, Haus 2, Raum 0.15
Am Neuen Palais 10
14469 Potsdam


Prof. Dr. Melanie Franke Kunstwissenschaft
Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24-25
14476 Potsdam

Phone: 0331 977-230133