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Texta book club: The Memory Artist by Katherine Brabon

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Texta is no ordinary book club; it's for people who love art. We use fiction (mostly) to unpack the subjects, themes and emotions of art. Conversation is never colourless, and is facilitated by our brains trust from QUT Creative Writing and Literary Studies.

To coincide with the exhibition The churchie national emerging art prize we are discussing The Memory Artist by Katherine Brabon.

How can hope exist when the past is so easily forgotten?

Pasha Ivanov is a child of the Freeze, born in Moscow during Brezhnev's repressive rule over the Soviet Union. As a small child, Pasha sat at the kitchen table night after night as his parents and their friends gathered to preserve the memory of Stalinist violence.

When Gorbachev promises glasnost (openness), Pasha, an eager twenty-four year old longs to create art and carry on the work of those who came before him. He writes and falls in love, yet that hope fragments and he lives a solitary life in St Petersburg until a phone call in the middle of the night summons both Moscow and memory.

Through recollections and observation, Pasha walks through the landscapes of history, from concrete tower suburbs to haunting former prison camps in the Arctic north. Pasha's search to find meaning leads him to assemble a fractured story of Russia's traumatic past.

Join us for a brief tour of the exhibition followed by a glass of wine and generous amounts of healthy conversation about The Memory Artist.

Books can be purchased from the Gardens Point QUT Bookshop or from QUT Art Museum.

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