How Societies Remember? Representations and Commemorative Rituals of WWII in Lviv

How Societies Remember? Representations and Commemorative Rituals of WWII in Lviv

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12.6.2018, 18:00

"Territory of Terror" Memorial Museum of Totalitarian Regimes

Welcome to the premiere of documentary "De fac-to" and discussion.

"De fac-to" is a documentary about appropriating and re-interpreting history in post-factual society. Structured like a calendar, the film shows a variety of political, social and ethnic groups as they commemorate events of World War II. The emphasis is on the formal language and performative nature of these annual rituals. Notwithstanding the gravity of the historical background, the superimposition of various semantic layers at times leads to unintentional comedy. The project illustrates the complex coexistence of contrary realities in one post soviet city. By way of well-known historical facts the viewer is plunged into regional conflicts and conventions.

The film was shoot in Lviv in the years 2016 and 2017. It is a collaboration between the artist Ekaterina Shapiro-Obermair and the historian Alexandra Wachter(collaborative project "Lviv. Museum of War").

The film lasts 32 min. and will be followed by discussion with participation of Ekaterina Shapiro-Obermair, Alexandra Wachter, and Lviv historians Ihor Derevianyi, Iryna Sklokina, and Andrii Usach. Languages: Ukrainian, Russian.

"Lwów, לעמבערג‎, Львів, Lemberg, Lviv’43: The City that did (not) Survive" is a series of memorial activities to commemorate the 75th anniversary of liquidation of the ghetto and Janowska concentration camp in Lviv. Throughout March-November, 2018, the city will host lectures, exhibitions, and memorial concerts. The program is running with support of Lviv City Council, and in partnership with research, museum, and cultural organization of the city, such as the Memorial Museum of Totalitarian Regimes "Territory of Terror," Center for Urban History of East Central Europe, Charity Fund Hesed-Arje, Lviv Organ and Chamber Music Hall, "Collegium Musicum" Music Agency, Jewish Studies Program at UCU, Charity fund B’ney B’rit "Leopolis" named after Emil Domberger.

Alexandra Wachter

a historian, researcher at the Institute of Contemporary History at the University of Vienna. Defended her PhD “The Last Heroes of Leningrad. Coping strategies of Siege survivors in Soviet and post-Soviet society” in 2014 in London. Took part in several research projects, including those related to Soviet Modernist architecture and governance of Austrian waterways in the first half of the XX cent.

Ekaterina Shapiro-Obermair

a visual artist, from 2010 takes part in exhibitions and research projects in visual arts. From 2016 is enrolled in the PhD program at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna with the project “Performative forms of expression in the memory culture in the post-Soviet space on the example of the city of Ľviv, Ukraine”. Together with Alexandra Wachter and Katharina Richter is a co-author of the book “Soviet Modernism 1955–1981. Unknown Stories”.

In cooperation with "Territory of Terror" Memorial Museum of Totalitarian Regimes and Österreichischer Akademischer Austauschdienst - Cooperation Office Lviv.


Сover Image: Still from the documentary "De fac-to". 2017

Gallery Image by "Territory of Terror" Memorial Museum of Totalitarian Regimes