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Sława Harasymowicz

Published date
19 Jun 2018

Double Exposure: Memory, Postmemory and 
Autobiography as Practice

Central Saint Martins

This practice-based Fine Art PhD deals with history and postmemory in the context of the Second World War and its aftermath in Poland.

This practice-based Fine Art PhD deals with history and postmemory in the beyond-the Holocaust contexts of the Second World War and the aftermath in Poland.

My research tracks traces of ‘resistance’ in different guises –personal and collective – through fragmented biographies from my own family history. This ‘tracking’ is re-presented as interconnected sets of practice-based projects: ‘exhibitions’, ‘interventions’ or ‘performative events’, continually navigating the positions between the private, and the public.

Through this, and by interrogating the ways that contemporary art rearticulates and represents historical catastrophe, my project aims to pose questions about the scope of autobiographic artistic practices dealing with postmemory (unconsciously inherited or consciously ‘borrowed’ memory of trauma experienced by earlier generations), and to formulate a critique of ‘postmemory’ as explanatory and aesthetic framework.

Supervisors

Pam Skelton

Dr Joanne Morra