Join us in Artisan Gallery for an Author’s Showcase featuring Andrei Guruianu & Natalia Andrievskikh on Saturday, November 30th, from 1PM to 2PM. This Author’s Showcase triples as book release, reading, and author’s talk on their book The Afterlife of Discarded Objects.
The Afterlife of Discarded Objects: Memory and Forgetting in a Culture of Waste is a book that attempts to explain and ultimately redeem our culture’s fascination with discarded material objects as a means to encapsulate and shape the socio-cultural imagination. Inspired by the authors’ own memories in post-communist Russia and Romania of playing with the rubbish left over after the shutdown of Soviet factories in the 90s and the influx of Western goods from abroad, The Afterlife of Discarded Objects takes as its premise the belief in the central role that material objects play in shaping accounts of personal and collective histories.
Andrei Guruianu is a professor of writing whose scholarship often explores such topics as memory and forgetting, the role of art and of the artist in contemporary society, and the ability of place to shape personal and collective histories. He currently teaches at New York University.
Natalia Andrievskikh teaches in the Expository Writing Program at New York University where she works primarily with international students. Her research areas include contemporary British and Anglophone literature, Digital Writing, and Media and Culture Studies. In her creative work she explores the role of myth-making in construction and preservation of memory.
This event is funded in part by Poets & Writers with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.