Co-presented with Time Out New York and the French Cultural Services of the French Embassy
Hosted by Amanda Angel (Editor, "This Week in New York" for Time Out New York)
Featuring: Claude Arnaud, Gwenaëlle Aubry, Mira Bartók, Marco Roth
We know families exert an overwhelming effect on us. But what really happens to us when a family member is seriously ill? What kind of inheritance -- both material and emotional -- does a missing or sick parent or sibling leave? How does this presence/absence affect our identity? In their memoirs, the four writers Gwenaëlle Aubry, author of No One (Tin House, 2012), Mira Bartók, author of The Memory Palace (Free Press, 2011), Marco Roth, author of The Scientists: A Family Romance (FSG, 2012), and Claude Arnaud, author of Qu’as-tu fait de tes frères? (Grasset, 2010) try to reconnect with lost relatives by reconstructing their parents’ lives and their relationships to them. These portraits, full of love, defiance, and guilt, are also detective stories about what (or who) made the narrators who they are, and attempts to find one’s voice through those who are now gone.
This event is presented as part of “Walls and Bridges,” an arts and ideas series curated by the Villa Gillet, a French cultural institute interested in thought in all its expressions, bringing together thinkers and artists from all over the world; and is co-presented with Les Subsistances, an international laboratory for live arts based in Lyon, France. Curated by Villa gillet (Director: Guy Walter), and supported by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, Walls and Bridges is a 10-day series of performances and critical explorations uniting French and American thinkers and artists from social sciences, philosophy, literature and live arts.
For more information: www.villagillet.