State Museum of the History of St. Petersburg
Peter and Paul Fortress, Ioannovsky Ravelin Exhibition Hall
Address: Peter and Paul Fortress, Ioannovsky Ravelin
Tel.: (812) 498-06-50
Museum hours: 11:00 – 18:00, Tuesday till 17:00
Ioannovsky (John’s) Ravelin is the eastern ravelin of the Peter and Paul Fortress named after tsar Ioann Alexeyevich, elder brother to the emperor Peter I and father to the empress Anna Ioannovna.
The Ravelin was built in stone in 1731-1740 to the design by Burkhard Christoph von Münnich on the site of the first log-and-earth ravelin of the Fortress constructed in 1704-1705. Ravelin’s casemates served as barracks for soldiers, there was a guardhouse next to the gates. In 1932–1933 Ravelin’s left wing housed workshops of the first Russian Gas-Dynamic Laboratory where rocket engines were designed and developed. In 1973 it was turned into Museum of Space Exploration and Rocket Technology. At present the Ravelin houses Information desk for tourists and ticket office, as well as lecture hall and exhibition spaces.
The Project presents a retrospective of the works created by the artist, psychoanalyst, theorist of feminism and founder of the Matrixial Theory of Trans-subjectivity.
The key topics she explores are memory, oblivion, history, the repressed, Holocaust. Bracha Lichtenberg Ettinger addresses dangerous moments of common memory working in archives, finding rare documents that date back to the times of fascist rule in Europe.
The artist also appeals to unconscious images of the body, to the earliest experiences we have, to the impossibility of drawing a familiar borderline between the private and the public, between the individual and the collective.
Juxtaposing different materials: photos from a family album, photomaps, archival documents and automatic drawings, is a distinctive feature of Bracha Lichtenberg Ettinger’s art. The result of the collision is always unpredictable.
Memory Post Project features the artist’s diaries, graphic works, paintings and videos.
Bracha Lichtenberg Ettinger
© Bracha L. Ettinger by Michal Heiman 2013
Bracha Lichtenberg Ettinger is an artist, psychoanalyst and theorist of feminism. She holds M.A. in Clinical Psychology and a Ph.D. in Aesthetics of Art. Bracha L. Ettinger was born in Tel Aviv and is now based in Paris. She works with universities in Paris and Jerusalem Jewish University, and is also a Professor at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland.
Bracha L. Ettinger has participated in numerous exhibitions in Freud Museum in London, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Antoni Tàpies Foundation, Barcelona, Oxford Museum of Contemporary Art and many other museums and galleries all over the world. She is an author of many publications on psychoanalysis, artistic expression and feminism.
The exhibition is supported by the Consulate General of Israel in St Petersburg.