About the event

Panel Discussion: Jewish Museums and Contemporary Art: Preservation of Memory or Forging Futurity?

This will be a hybrid event with a livestream. Registration details forthcoming.

The Yiddishland Pavilion is a hybrid online-offline project aimed at tracing and developing Yiddish and Jewish discourse in contemporary artistic practice. Its activities unfold in Venice, Italy and online between April and November 2022. At the 59th Venice Biennale, Yiddishland Pavilion takes place in a dialogue and collaboration with national pavilions of countries with histories of Yiddish-speaking Jewish migration. Yiddishland is an imaginary country/land/space/territory connected through Yiddish language and culture. Yiddishland Pavilion analyzes the erosion of global political constellations, practises collective remembrance, condemns war and occupation, and documents consequences of migration and politics of exclusion that target “Otherness”. Yiddishland Pavilion is curated by Maria Veits and Yevgeniy Fiks.

From May to November Yiddishland Pavilion organizes a series of online discussions, talks, screening, and performances. This online discursive program will explore different ways of studying, analysing and communicating multiple Yiddish and Jewish narratives through a multitude of disciplines including visual arts, curating, art history, performance, dance, literature, and architecture. Invited artists and scholars include talks and presentations by Rokhl Kafrissen, Natalia Romik, Max Czollek, Peter Chametzky, Cecile E. Kuznitz, Tobaron Waxman, online performances by Jenny Romaine and David Bernstein, presentation of new video work by Uladzimir Hramovich and an orchestrated reading by Ofri Lapid. Curators and artists of national pavilions at the Venice biennale of different years will also be invited to join the conversations about transnational artistic representations, parahosting and alternative biennale pavilions.

More information on Yiddishland can be found here.


Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett

Mirjam Wenzel

Eduard Freudmann

Yiddishland Pavilion is supported in part by The James Gallery and the Center for the Humanities, The Graduate Center, CUNY