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Artist Sława Harasymowicz will present an audio recording of specially commissioned performance as part of her year-long project – a wide-ranging research into the complex relationships between post-memory, political representation and autobiography. The event will revolve around personal and collective consequences of what remains one of the biggest yet obscured WWII maritime disasters, during which the British RAF torpedoed three German ships, anchored in Lübeck Bay. Unknown to the pilots, the ships were populated by thousands of primarily Polish and Russian prisoners evacuated from Neuengamme concentration camp.

In June 2016, Harasymowicz created a non-public live performance in Freud’s former study at 20 Maresfield Gardens. The out-of-hours event took the form of a radio broadcast, dramatising and re-imagining real activity that took place in a German concentration camp towards the end of the WWII. During the nights, a group of prisoners would engage in clandestine and prohibited collaboration to create fictitious ‘radio programmes’ using the structure of real broadcasts – including news bulletins, weather forecasts, sport commentary and reportage – as a way of blocking out the surrounding reality of war, incarceration, displacement and the terror of the unknown. Referencing the Museum as a psychoanalytical-historical space, Harasymowicz’s performance produced an aural collage of performed testimonials, fiction, poetry, scientific research, experimental writing and sound distortions.

Presenting the radio broadcast for the first time publicly in the Freud Museum, and using visual materials, the artist will give a performative talk followed by an in conversation with Dr Caterina Albano which fill focus on Harasymowicz’s art practice and methodology, working through the awkward points of intersection between collective history and trauma, and personal identity.

Venue Details & Map

Freud Museum

20 Maresfield Gardens
+44 (0)20 7435 2002
Public transport:
Tube: Finchley Road;Rail: Finchley Road & Frognal

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