Reading and talk
04 Nov 2021 · 7.30 pm

In Gemeinschaft liest’s sich besser. Reading and talk with Paul Bokowski

Venue: KVOST – Kunstverein Ost, Leipziger Straße 47, 10117 Berlin

On occasion of the current exhibition Świetlica by Christina Ferreira-Szwarc at the KVOST, the Kunstverein Ost – KVOST and the ZfL project Neighborhood in Contemporary Literature organize two readings. The reading by Paul Bokowski will take place on Thursday, November 4 at 7.30 pm (moderator: Georgia Lummert, ZfL). Before him, on Friday, October 29 at 7.30 pm, comes the reading by Lea Streisand (moderator: Dirk Naguschewski, ZfL).

In her installations, the artist Ferreira-Szwarc deals with the phenomenon of the “Świetlica,” a once widespread type of communal space in Poland. On the basis of memories by Polish people living in exile, these rooms appear as “a ghostly remnant of the past, a reminder to the ways in which history, heritage, and architecture shape the individual character.”

Lea Streisand (*1979) and Paul Bokowski (*1982) have longstanding experience on and with Berlin’s reading stages. Both write stories that start from their own personal experiences and explore the ways in which these experiences are connected to their home, the city of Berlin. Contemporary history meets situation comedy. We make use of the pedestal installed as part of the exhibition with open purpose and turn it into an improvised reading stage. Here, we will discuss aspects of community and neighborhood in a reading and a talk.

More information:

Paul Bokowski,
Lea Streisand,

For more info on the reading by Lea Streisand, click here.

Fig. above: Exhibition view “Świetlica,” © KVOST / Cristina Ferreira-Szwarc
Picture of Paul Bokowski: © Jan Kopetzky


Friday, 29 Oct 2021, 19.30

Thursday, 4 Nov 2021, 19.30

  • Reading and talk with Paul Bokowski (moderator: Georgia Lummert, ZfL)