2014, Sat, Feb 22

Bearing Witness

Liao Yiwu, Philip Gourevitch, Ulrich C. Baer, Carolin Emcke

On the relationship between bearing witness, the experience of violence, and "poetic justice".

Talk with Liao Yiwu, Philip Gourevitch, Ulrich C. Baer and Carolin Emcke (curator)


Liao Yiwu is a Chinese author, reporter, musician and poet. Because of his critical stance toward China’s government, his books are banned in mainland China and he is living in exile in Berlin. His autobiography about his time of imprisonment, For a Song and a Hundred Songs (Eng. 2013), received widespread attention in the German media. Yiwu has received the Geschwister Scholl Prize and the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade.


Philip Gourevitch is author, journalist and staff writer for The New Yorker. Served as editor and cultural editor of The Paris Review and The Forward. Gourevitch writes reports and essays on conflicts in Africa, Europe, Asia and the US for numerous international newspapers. He is known for his writings on the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide.


Ulrich C. Baer is Vice Provost for Faculty, Arts, Humanities and Diversity and Professor of German and Comparative Literature at New York University. His research areas include literary theory, representations of trauma in literature, photography and other media.