Paulina - a performance by Michelle Levy & Patrycja Dołowy
Paulina is a research and performance project based on the discovery of a 1945 Holocaust testimony of a Jewish woman from Kraków, and on a growing exchange between artists Michelle Levy (US) and Patrycja Dołowy (PL).
3 July (Wednesday), 7PM, free admission
When Michelle asked Patrycja to translate the testimony of her ancestor, Paulina, little did they know the roles they would play in a web of events that had been unfolding over decades.
Paulina’s testimony - of a woman who lost her family and fended for herself throughout occupied Poland-- is an official, impersonal record. It is impossible to really know the woman behind the text. Brought together by this compelling document which had, as it turns out, been given to Michelle in error, the artists have taken deep responsibility for this unearthed story of a woman who can no longer speak for herself. Guided by happenstance and the reminder that things are not always as they seem, they have been following Paulina’s traces throughout Poland and Ukraine, exploring what happens when one testimony, from thousands, is revisited, in-depth, in the places where it happened. They have some extraordinary tales to tell...
Event in Polish and English
Partners of the project:
- US Embassy, Warsaw
- Asylum Arts
- POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews
- Jewish Historical Institute
- Brooklyn Arts Council