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Illustrated Talk: Charlotte Salomon: Art and Death, Life or Theatre?

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Illustrated Talk: Charlotte Salomon: Art and Death, Life or Theatre?

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Illustrated Talk: Charlotte Salomon: Art and Death, Life or Theatre?

An evening dedicated to the art of Charlotte Salomon, who was murdered in Auschwitz at the age of 26. Charlotte Salomon created her pictorial autobiography in France during the Nazi occupation, placing hundreds of watercolours with written memories that record personal and political events, sometimes set to music. Irene Wise will discuss the drama of Charlotte Salomon’s life and work, now in the light of a recent extraordinary and shocking family discovery.

The lecture will be followed by a short poetry reading and an audience Q&A.

Poetry Reading: Aviva Dautch and Maria Stepanova

Award-winning European Jewish writers Aviva Dautch and Maria Stepanova have written poems influenced by Charlotte Salomon.

About the speakers:

Irene Wise is an artist and Senior Lecturer in Media and Culture at the University of Roehampton, where she runs the course 'Representations of the Holocaust'. She is an Imperial War Museum Fellow in Holocaust Education and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts. Irene exhibits artwork and publishes illustration, and writes on a variety of cultural subjects. For Penguin Books, Irene wrote and curated an app for iPad on The Diary of Anne Frank.

Aviva Dautch is a poet, academic and curator. From 2014-2016 she was Poet in Residence at the Jewish Museum London and received a research award for International Jewish Women in the Arts from Brandeis University. A selection of her poems won the Primers prize for emerging voices and was published in Primers Volume Three (Nine Arches Press: 2018). She teaches English Literature and Creative Writing at the British Library and Modern Jewish Literature at JW3 and the London School of Jewish Studies.

Sasha Dugdale has published four collections of poems with Carcanet, most recently Joy in 2017 which was a PBS Choice. The title poem won the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem in 2016. She is a Russian translator and is currently working on translations of the Russian poet Maria Stepanova to be published by Bloodaxe and Fitzcarraldo Editions in 2020. She is former editor of Modern Poetry in Translation and poet-in-residence at St John’s College, Cambridge (2018-2020).

Maria Stepanova is a poet, essayist, journalist and the author of ten poetry collections and two books of essays. She has been awarded several Russian and international literary awards (including the prestigious Andrey Bely Prize and Joseph Brodsky Fellowship). Her book In Memory of Memory is a book-length study in the field of cultural history. It won Russia's Big Book Award in 2018 and will be published in English by New Directions in the US and Fitzcarraldo in the UK in 2020. Her collection of poems War of the Beasts and the Animals will be published in English by Bloodaxe in 2020. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of the online independent crowd-sourced journal Colta.ru. Colta.ru covers the cultural, social and political reality of contemporary Russia.

Charlotte Salomon: Life? or Theatre? is a major exhibition at the Jewish Museum London on show until 1 March 2020.

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