On September 9, 2018 Museum “Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine” hosted regular session of Dniprovsky Historical Club. Lecture and presentation “Artist and Catastrophe: Holocaust as a factor in the formation of a Jewish artist” was conducted by art critic, doctoral candidate of Northwestern University (USA) Anastasiia Simferovska.
During the session, participants talked about how the experience of the Holocaust turns an artist of Jewish origin into a purely Jewish artist. And can the Holocaust be an instrument for the formation of a Jewish identity of the artist, and more broadly – Jewish art? Participants of the club together with the lecturer looked for the answers to these and other questions in the creative evolution of the three Lviv artists during and after the Holocaust: avant-garde artist Jonasz Stern, artists Henryk Beck and William Oks.