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Fragments of a Life

Fragments of a Life is a video combining intimate family conversations between Olga Stefan and her grandmother, Sorana Ursu (now 91), with footage, photographs, and other images from the past and present, creating an assemblage of memories and impressions that both support and reject historical events. Through the personal account of Sorana Ursu, whose father was killed during the 1941 Iasi pogrom, along with those of other members of the family now in Israel and the United States, biographical fragments are pieced together in a desperate attempt to establish a coherent narrative of life, while acknowledging the incomplete image of reality they present, the malleability of memory, and the tragedy of forgetting that is an inherent part of survival. The story follows Sorana Ursu’s life in the wartime years, her evolution into a communist and ultimately her disillusionment, while exploring issues of identity, migration, displacement, and belonging.

  • Olga Stefan
  • Olga Stefan
  • Olga Stefan
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  • Runtime:
    48 minutes 23 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 1, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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  • Tranzit, Iasi
    June 27, 2016
  • The Future of Memory
    Bucharest, Oradea, Cluj
Director Biography - Olga Stefan

I am a freelance curator, writer, and lecturer originally from Chicago. Since 2009, I have been living in Zurich, Switzerland with my husband and two sons. Before this, from 2005-2008, I was the executive director of the Chicago Artists’ Coalition, and the executive director of Around the Coyote Arts Festival from 1998-2003. From 2003-2005, when I took time off to be with my first child, I freelanced as the grant writer for Woman Made Gallery. I have also served as juror for several festivals, shows, and granting agencies and I contribute regularly to ArtReview, Frieze Magazine, Art in America, Flash Art, Sculpture Magazine, Artslant, Artmargins, and TurnOnArt.

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