Marianne Hirsch: Mobile Memories

When: Fri., Nov. 14, 5:30 p.m. 2014

How can art call attention to international human rights violations? Art for Human Rights at BAM/PFA (2625 Durant Ave., Berkeley), featuring Fernando Botero’s “Abu Ghraib” series, asks that question through Botero’s stylized yet unapologetically real renderings of tortured prisoners. In conjunction with the exhibit, author and Columbia University professor Marianne Hirsch will be presenting “Mobile Memories,” a lecture that more specifically asks how art can shape the cultural memory of those tragedies. Through a discussion of four contemporary artists from around the world, Hirsch will explore feminist, cross-cultural methods of remembrance that leave room for current realities of migration, exile, and globalization. The lecture is also the keynote address for the “Memory Without Borders: Violence, Justice, and Practices of Remembrance” conference, taking place on November 14 and 15 at the UC Berkeley campus. The two full days of talks will address the question: “Can we think of memory in contemporary human rights culture not as property, inheritance, or commodity, but rather, as a passage to new forms of personhood, solidarity, and collectivity in a global era?”

Sarah Burke

Price: Free

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