After a year spent in Cologne as fellow of the Academy of the Arts of the World, the Chinese writer Ye Fu draws up a summary: He has gained first-hand experience of the carnival at Cologne and German football, and he got to know the Rhine and Cologne Cathedral. Yet, the stumbling blocks of Cologne artist Gunter Demnig, commemorating the victims during the Nazi era, have particularly captured his interest. This has led him to explore the “culture of remembrance” in Germany, since in China investigating and coming to terms with the recent history still is a taboo. As a writer and blogger he tries to keep Chinese history alive and seeks to oppose the denial of history in his fight against forgetting. In China he is well known for his autobiographical essays about historical events and current social developments.
Ye Fu will talk about his new works and the time in Cologne in conversation with the Academy member Tienchi Martin-Liao, followed by readings from his essay “Memory and Regret“ and two of his poems.
Reading and talk in German and Chinese.
Date: Tuesday, 10.12.2013,
Time: 7.30 pm
Venue: Akademie der Künste der Welt, Im Mediapark 7, 50670 Cologne
Tickets: 3 €/concessions 2 €
The Salon of the Academy of the Arts of the World provides occasions for international and local cultural producers to meet, share experiences and exchange ideas. It is open for anybody interested. In 2013, the Salon will trace lines of argument within the following key subjects: the responsibility of art; the future of cultural institutions; encounters between practitioners from different fields of art; and new insights gained by revisiting pre-modern practices. More...
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