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Isabel Richter

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International Research Training Group 'Temporalities of Future in Latin America'

Dynamics of Aspiration and Anticipation

PhD Candidate

Project: "The Future of Memory: The Romanian-Jewish Avant-garde Artist Emeric Marcier as a Challenge for Memory Research in Brazil – A Contribution to the Reception of Interreligious Art in Latin American Exile"

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Boltzmannstr. 4
14195 Berlin

Education

Since 05/2019 PhD Candidate, International Research Training Group 'Temporalities of Future', Berlin
10/2015 – 02/2018 Master of Arts, Interdisciplinary Latin American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin
10/2012 – 09/2014 Bachelor of Arts, History & Portuguese-Brazilian Studies, Freie Universität Berlin
10/2005 – 10/2012 Magister Studies, Modern and Contemporary History, History of Eastern and Southeastern Europe & Romanian Language, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Freie Universität Berlin

Work Experience

Since 05/2019

Research Fellow, International Research Training Group 'Temporalities of Future', Freie Universität Berlin

Since 01/2019 Administrative Assistant, 'Deutsch-Brasilianische Gesellschaft e.V.', (German Brazilian Association), PR
01/2018 – 01/2019 Voluntary Work, Association 'Pink Door e.V.', Translations
04/2011 – 06/2012

Parliamentary Assistant, Deutscher Bundestag

Administrative Assistant, Associations 'Deutsch-Rumänisches Forum e.V.' & 'Rumänien Soforthilfe e.V.'

07/2006 – 08/2006 Internship, 'Institut für Zeitgeschichte' (Institute for Contemporary History), Publishing of Foreign Policy Records of the Federal Republic of Germany
02/2006 – 04/2006 Internship, German Cultural Centre 'Friedrich Teutsch', Sibiu, Romania, Museum & PR, Research, Text Production & Translations

Project: "The Future of Memory: The Romanian-Jewish Avant-garde Artist Emeric Marcier as a Challenge for Memory Research in Brazil – A Contribution to the Reception of Interreligious Art in Latin American Exile"


Supervisor:
Prof. Dr. Susanne Klengel, Freie Universität Berlin


This interdisciplinary PhD project sets out to investigate the life story and artworks of Romanian-Jewish avant-garde artist Emeric Marcier, who escaped from Nazi persecution to Brazil in 1940. Marcier described his experiences in the posthumously published autobiography "Deportado para a vida" (Deported to Life, 2004). After his escape, a significant stylistic transformation of his art can be observed, which had been strongly influenced by surrealism until then. In Brazil, Marcier began to produce an increasing number of religious artworks, in which forced migration and displacement were depicted by using biblical motifs. Nowadays, many of his artworks face the danger of decay and oblivion, as they have fallen into a grey area in the context of Latin American canonical art and museology. 

The research project aims to develop a concept of “Memory and Museology of the Future" within the framework of Latin American exile studies. The question will be explored, how “places” or “spaces” of future can be created for the preservation of artworks produced by "in-between-artists" and for the remembrance of exiles and immigrants such as Marcier. This study also seeks to examine productive influences of people acting in transcultural spaces and calls into question limiting conceptual ideas of ethnicity, religion and diaspora in order to open the discourse about the reception of individual actors. 

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