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Show Your Wound: W/ar/t Panel Discussion

Thursday, May 20, 2021
8:00 pm9:30 pm
Online via Zoom

Can art heal?

Conceptual artist Joseph Beuys (12 May 1921 – 23 January 1986) and writer Wolfgang Borchert (20 May 1921 – 20 November 1947) both suffered severe trauma during World War II and processed their experiences by creating art. After a year of collectively experiencing COVID-19 and the toll it has taken on our mental health, the Goethe-Zentrum wishes to take the opportunity to ask if and how art can heal PTSD, trauma, and wounds of the mind in the broadest sense.

We have assembled a panel of accomplished artists, many of whom are veterans themselves, to help us find an answer. The virtual exhibition is available now through June 20 here:

Our panelists will include:
• Anthony Torres, Combat Hippies, a group of U.S.-Army-Veterans and Performance-Artists in Miami and Puerto Rico. They process their experiences in and after combat through performance (
• Teri Darnell, photo artist and former US soldier in Berlin, photo project The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Board of Directors at Atlanta Celebrates Photography (
• Willis, photo artist and journalist with decades in combat, creator of the “living portfolio” Traplanta (
• Claudia Einecke, Frances B. Bunzl Family Curator of European Art at the High Museum of Art (
• Maria Theresa Barbist, Performance Artist and therapist (

• Mary Stanley, President of Atlanta Celebrates Photography
• Oliver Gorf, Executive Director, Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta

This event will be 100% virtual via Zoom and is free to attend, but registration is required in advance to receive the meeting ID and password. Registration closes at event start time.