13.12.2022 Events, Polish-Jewish Relations, Visual Arts

A conversation between Zuzanna Hertzberg and Shira Backer

December 13, 2022 at 1:00pm ET
Location: Residency Unlimited 
360 Court Street (main green church doors), Brooklyn NY 11231 (map)


In addition to taking place in-person at RU, this program will be streamed online via Zoom at this link.

Please join us for a talk between the Jewish Polish artist Zuzanna Hertzberg and Shira Backer, Leon Levy Associate Curator at the Jewish Museum in New York. As an intersectional anarcha-feminist politically engaged artist, Zuzanna will share her decade long research dedicated to the building of a new archive based on Jewish women’s fighters experience of war and violence. Zuzanna’s recent installation for the 12 Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art (Germany), as well as this year’s exhibition at National Gallery of Art in Vilnius (Lithuania), are recovering memory of women resistance since the early XX century analyzing their strategies and methods to bring back the knowledge so we could use it today in the battles we fight.


Zuzanna Hertzberg is a recipient of The Vivian J. Prins Foundation Artistic Residency at the Center For Jewish History, New York. She is an interdisciplinary artist, artivist, and researcher. Her art includes painting, performance, textiles, and assemblage. She is the author of installations and collages using archival materials. She is interested in the interweaving of individual and collective memory, and in the search for identity in the mechanism of appropriation and restitution of minority heritage, especially women’s heritage, as well as issues of geopolitics and strategies of marginalisation of uncomfortable narratives. She is involved in individual and collective practices combating discrimination and violence against marginalized people and groups. She is the co-founder of the Jewish Antifascist Block, a member of the Antifascist Coalition, and a member of the board of the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland. Full bio here.

Shira Backer is Leon Levy Associate Curator at the Jewish Museum, where has worked on exhibitions including The Hare with Amber EyesWe Fight to Build a Free World: An Exhibition by Jonathan Horowitz; and Martha Rosler: Irrespective. She is interested in contemporary art with a special focus on sculpture, as well as on the intersection of art and politics. Previously, she was Assistant Curator at the American Federation of Arts.

This program is supported by the Polish Cultural Institute in New York. 

Images: Nomadic Memory, 2017, intervention in a public space, Plac Defilad: a step forward, 9th edition of the Warsaw Under Construction Festival, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw. photos: Mikołaj Tym, Piotr Stasiak.

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