New York’s Kupferberg Holocaust Center invites you to: “Art Against War, Art Against Hate: A Conversation with Grzegorz Kwiatkowski”. The meeting will be held on April 13.
Join us for a special conversation with Polish poet/post-rock musician Grzegorz Kwiatkowski who was born into a very particular history. His grandfather was a prisoner in Stutthof, the Nazi concentration camp east of what used to be the Free City of Danzig. Kwiatkowski’s music and poetry explore not only the conflicted past of Eastern Europe but also the paradoxes of contemporary genocides.
Kwiatkowski is author of several books of poetry revolving around the subjects of history, remembrance and ethics. He is a member of a psychedelic rock band Trupa Trupa. He has been a beneficiary of numerous international literary programs such as “Artist in Residence” in Vienna and “Styria Artist in Residence” in Graz. He co-hosts the workshop “Virus of Hate” at the University of Oxford, as well as was a guest lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley; Stanford University; Johns Hopkins University; the University of Chicago; Jewish Theological Seminary; the University of Cambridge and the Ted Hughes Society (“Crow at 50”); The University of Texas at Dallas; and Miroslaw Balka’s Studio of Spatial Activities at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. He is a member of a European literature platform Versopolis and was a guest of a number of festivals such as Oslo Internasjonale Poesifestival and Lahti International Writers Reunion. His music and literary works have been published and reviewed in The Guardian, Modern Poetry in Translation, New Poetry In Translation, CBC, Pitchfork, Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Newsweek, Billboard, Spin, Chicago Tribune, Times, NPR, BBC and KEXP. As a musician, he performed with his band at such events as Desert Daze Festival, Rockaway Beach Festival, SXSW, Primavera Sound and Iceland Airwaves. Trupa Trupa’s songs are regularly broadcast on radio programmes hosted by Iggy Pop or Henry Rollins. The band was also invited to take part in a legendary NPR Tiny Desk session. Its music has been published by global record labels such as Sub Pop.