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The Museum of the History of the Gulag continues the series of meetings “The Art of Trauma”. Within its framework, artists, writers and playwrights, performers, psychologists will discuss ways to represent the theme of trauma in contemporary art.

Director Karina Besolti and a group of independent artists will present an audiovisual performance based on the audio and text of an interview with a 97-year-old woman named Isabella. She was born, raised and lives in the North Caucasus. In the interview, she tells the story of her life, about her father, who returned from the camp, and then went crazy.

“Well, then my mother and I went to the market as if it were a holiday. Then in 1937 the six-day period was introduced. Once a week they went and went. It’s now that you run to the market for a bunch of greens, but then everything you needed for a week, everything was bought. Dad was very fond of fish. Mom bought, I don’t remember which one, fried it, we are all happy like that, we gathered with dad to go to the cinema. We were late for the first session, which we came to. Dad, as usual. He fell asleep with newspapers, woke up with newspapers. Well, I was thirsty, and we ran home. It was still too early for the second session, only tickets were taken for the second session. And, therefore, dad, as usual, bought a newspaper, read it. And we ran home to drink some water. They came running, but dad wasn’t there. And I’m in a roar. Here, dad read the newspaper and went somewhere. They waited and waited, ran along the avenue, searched, searched, and did not find it. Came back home. But, of course, there was no dad there, ”the woman shares her memories.

The study is based on a man and a repressive machine, a text and its possibilities, space and its dramaturgy.

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