ONLINE CONVERSATION WITH THE WRITER KATJA PETROWSKAJA TOOK PLACE ON SEPTEMBER 8, 2021 AND WAS DEDICATED TO REMEMBERING THE TRAGEDY OF BABYN YAR
What is the force behind keeping in mind dreadful events? Sometimes, it is hardly possible to articulate clearly, even to oneself, why we preserve the memory of the past atrocities. This question resurfaces in Katja Petrowskaja's book Vielleicht Esther
, which displays her train of thought on the nature of memory and human attitudes towards complex past. The Past / Future / Art curators have been accounting for the writer's voice in their curatorial practices. And now they met with Katja for a lively and refreshing discussion to compare their approaches to working through the past.
Katja Petrowskaja is a writer and journalist, laureate of the Ingeborg Bachmann literary prize. She was born in Kyiv in 1970 and has been living in Berlin since 1999. She is the author of "Maybe Esther: A Family Story" (Vielleicht Esther) — a novel-reflection on the nature of memory and the human relation to the complex past. In Ukraine the book was published in 2015 by the publishing house "Books – XXI" in the translation by Yuriy Prokhasko.
You can read the summary of the discussion in the text "The Walk Through the Place, Called Babyn Yar"
As part of the work with the topic of the Holocaust in 2021, the "Past / Future / Art" platform also organised the international project "Trees of Memory: Roots and Runners". See the program details here