Lecture: Upper Silesia: memory and art

April 2, 6 p.m.
Upper Silesia: memory and art
An open lecture by Dr Irma Kozina, part of the Contemporary Art Versus Individual Memory academic session

Art and its written history frequently reflect tendencies characteristic of the construction of historical narratives subjected to the political goals of regional and state authorities. The phenomenon can be observed both in the interwar period and also after 1945. Irma Kozina of the University of Silesia in Katowice will use selected case studies in architecture and graphic arts to explain how artistic pursuits were used to construct a vision of the past in Upper Silesia that would meet the expectations of officials in matters related to building the record of collective memory.

Irma Kozina – art historian, specialises in studies on modern and contemporary art, also interested in methods of interpreting works of art and history of urban development. The author of several dozen articles on 19th- and 20th-century art and books: Pałace i Zamki na pruskim Górnym Śląsku w latach 1850–1914, Chaos i uporządkowanie. Dylematy architektoniczne na przemysłowym górnym Śląsku, Ikony dizajnu w województwie śląskim, and Art Deco.

Free admission, lecture in Polish
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