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Maria Tumarkin and Geraldine Barlow in conversation: The Geography of Trauma



Author Maria Tumarkin and MUMA Senior Curator, Geraldine Barlow, will discuss how artists in Concrete have engaged with sites affected by trauma. The session will include a reading by Maria Tumarkin from her book Traumascapes: The Power and Fate of Places Transformed by Tragedy (Melbourne University Publishing, 2005).

Date: Tuesday 17 June 2014
Time: 12.30-1.30pm
Venue: Monash University Museum of Art, Caulfield Campus
Free, bookings required: or phone 03 9905 4217

‘Traumascapes are a distinctive category of places transformed physically and psychically by suffering, part of a scar tissue that stretches across the world’.

Maria Tumarkin grew up in the old Soviet Union, and emigrated to Australia as a teenager. In 2004, she embarked on an international odyssey to investigate and write about major sites of violence and suffering. Traumascapes is a powerful meditation on the places she visited: Bali, Berlin, Manhattan, Moscow, Port Arthur, Sarajevo, and the field in Pennsylvania where the fourth plane involved in the attacks of September 11 2001 crashed.

In association with the Glen Eira Storytelling Festival 12-29 June 2014.

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