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By the Mark! Alison Wilding RA in conversation with Rosie Cooper

Delve into the creative process of one of Britain's most acclaimed living artists, Alison Wilding RA. In conversation with her will be Rosie Cooper, Director of the Wysing Arts Centre, Bourn.

Self-portrait by Albrecht Becker, showing tattoos and piercings.

Queer and trans testimonies: from the Holocaust to 2023

Wed 22 November 2023

Pembroke Collge

The Holocaust is not immune to canonisation, as scholars such as Dominick LaCapra have pointed out, and some testimonies are regularly excluded from the official conversation. Artistic and literary practices attest to processes of exclusion and violence and give voice to those that experience them. In this spirit, filmmakers Matteo Botrugno and Daniele Coluccini have strived in their latest work, C’è un soffio di vita soltanto, to amplify the voice of Lucy Salani, a trans woman who survived Dachau; in France, photographer and filmmaker Hervé Joseph Lebrun has worked with Pierre Seel to interrogate processes of invisibilisation and visibilisation. In these ways, these artists set up forms of subversion and resistance to normative canonised narratives. The event seeks to bring to the fore such marginalised and non-conforming voices, from those of Holocaust survivors to that of contemporary artists.

Homophobia, queerphobia and transphobia did not end with the Second World War. Their spatio-temporal extension to the present and across national boundaries necessitates that we work across disciplinary boundaries and without the confines of academia.

The two-day event will begin with the UK premiere of Botrugno and Coluccini’s critically acclaimed C’è un soffio di vita soltanto, which tells the story of Dachau survivor Lucy Salani.

On the second day, a panel of academics from different fields will explore questions of testimony; a roundtable will then bring together discussants from inside and outside academia, for a conversation that crosses national borders.

Enquiries and booking

Please note that booking is required for this event.

Enquiries: CRASSH Events Website Email: events@crassh.cam.ac.uk


In person

All times

Wed 22 November 2023 9:00AM - 6:00PM


The second part of the event will be held at Trinity College, Adrian House Seminar Room, Burrell’s Field, Grange Road, CB3 9DH
Address: Pembroke Collge
Nihon Room
Trumpington St
Email: events@crassh.cam.ac.uk