Griselda Pollock – The Nameless Artist in the Theatre of Memory

Event Date: 17 June 2013

Main Lecture Theatre

Founder’s Building

Royal Holloway University of London

Egham, Surrey

TW20 0EX

The School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Royal Holloway, University of London presents:

Professor Griselda Pollock (Director, Centre for Cultural Analysis, Theory & History (CentreCATH) and Professor of Social & Critical Histories of Art, University of Leeds) – The Nameless Artist in the Theatre of Memory: Interdisciplinary and Ethical Challenges in the Analysis of One Work— Charlotte Salomon’s “Leben? oder Theater?” [“Life? or Theatre?”] (1941-43)

The lecture will be about Charlotte Salomon, an artist murdered at the age of 26 in Auschwitz who deposited a single work comprising 769 paintings and supplementary or rejected works totalling 1325 items with a local doctor before going into ultimately discovered hiding in the South of France.  Salomon is increasingly becoming the object of interdisciplinary studies in autobiography and life-narratives, and this lecture will explore the various frames of analysis with which Professor Pollock has experimented in seeking a way to write about this unique work and the issues it has posed. Working across image, music and text at the intersection of political history and individual trauma, Salomon’s project defies the categories established by the various disciplines and genres it touches to provoke both methodological perplexity and innovation.

Introduction by Dr Hannah Thompson (RHUL).





We were unsure about the copyright issues surrounding photographs of the paintings, so here are the results of a Google image  search on Charlotte Salomon’s ‘ Leben oder Theater’ (click on text)



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