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A session on negationism opens the program for the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

The program features the conference “Negacions, sacralitzacions i banalitzacions de l’Holocaust” by the semiologist Valentina Pisanty, and the presentation of the short film <i>Naturaleza Muerta</i>, with the attendance of its director, Carolina Astudillo.

The program features the conference “Negacions, sacralitzacions i banalitzacions de l’Holocaust” by the semiologist Valentina Pisanty, and the presentation of the short film Naturaleza Muerta, with the attendance of its director, Carolina Astudillo.

22/01/2019

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The European Observatory on Memories of the UB Solidarity Foundation (EUROM) is organizing a session on negationism and banalisation of the Holocaust to start the program promoted by the Barcelona City Council for the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. The program features the conference “Negacions, sacralitzacions i banalitzacions de l’Holocaust”, by the Italian semiologist Valentina Pisanty (University of Bergamo, Italy). Then, the director Carolina Astudillo will present her recent work, the fiction documentary Naturaleza Muerta (2019), and the trailer for her next film, Canción a una dama en la sombra (2019). The session will take place on Wednesday, January 23, at 6.30 p.m. in the room Martí l’Humà in the Barcelona City History Museum (MUHBA). The activity is free of charge but there is limited capacity, so those interested should previously register here.

Scholar of negationism and racism, Valentina Pisanty is the editorial coordinator of Accepting Diversity, an interactive manual on tolerance, which resulted from a project on Umberto Eco, Furio Colombo and Jacques Le Goff. She has written essays on interpretive semiotics, fairy tales, political speech, rhetoric of racism and memory. Among her publications are Leggere la fiaba (Bompiani, 1993); Cómo se lee un cuento popular (Paidós, 1995), Semiotica e interpretazione (with Roberto Perelley, Bompiani, 2004), La difesa della razza. Antologia 1938-1943 (Bompiani, 2006), Semiotica (with Alessandro Zijno, McGraw-Hill, 2009), Abusi di memoria. Negare, banalizzare, sacralizzare la Shoah (Bruno Mondadori, 2012) and L’irritante questione delle camera a gas. Logica del negazionismo (Bompiani, 1998, edited and extended edition, 2014).

Carolina Astudillo is a film director, researcher and lecturer. Her work has revolved around women and historical memory. Her first two films, El gran vuelo (2014) and Ainhoa, yo no soy esa (2018), got the Silver Biznaga to the Best Documentary in the Malaga Festival, among other awards. In Naturaleza Muerta (2019), Astudillo highlights the relation between moral and survival during the war from the perspective of the concept of the disaster. The short film shows the story of a granddaughter who finds out her grandmother’s past was very different from what she had been told. In the film Canción a una dama en la sombra, to be released in 2019, the director works on stories of women who started a new life after the war.

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