2018 Talks

Hans Schwarz – Negotiating Identity

Hans Schwarz’s Certificate of Registration, Research and Cultural Collections, University of Birmingham


Wednesday, 14 March 2018


12.00 - 12.45


Research & Cultural Collections Study Centre, 32 Pritchatts Road (G1 on campus map)


Free, booking recommended.

Led by Researcher in Residence Ellie Hill, this event will explore issues of displacement, acculturation and identity trauma in the works of Austrian born artist, Hans Schwarz: a Kindertransport refugee exiled to Bournville, Birmingham in 1939.

Schwarz’s career as an artist can be seen to evidence a negotiation between self-identity and subject under acculturative stress. Shedding light on key examples in Research and Cultural Collections’ archive, the talk considers the construction of émigré identity in Hans Schwarz’s portraits of people and landscape.

Presented by Ellie Hill in partnership with Research & Cultural Collections.