The starting point for the meeting will be the novel by Olga Tokarczuk Księgi Jakubowe (2014). Its subject is the process of assimilation of the Jews and the portrait of the Franciscans - a hereticic Judaic sect that functioned in Poland in the second half of the 18th century. Members of this religious-social-political movement wanted to be citizens of the Republic of Poland on equal terms. How do we understand religious syncretism and assimilation today? Is religion possible in emancipation, or is it a necessary and irreversible point of reference - in Islam, Judaism or Christianity - is Orthodoxy?
Olga Tokarczuk is one of the most important Polish writers. Winner of many awards, including, twice, Nike. It belongs to the most frequently translated authors. She published Travel of the People of the Book (1993), E.E. (1995), Prawiek and other times (1996), Day house, night house (1998), Pole (2007). Recently based on her book Drive your plow through the bones of the dead Agnieszka Holland has made a loud Pokot. The film was awarded the Silver Bear at Berlinale in 2016 and the 42nd Polish Film Festival in Gdynia.
MAKING A LEAP OF FAITH. A cycle of debates with Father Tomasz Dostatni
What do we believe in and can we imagine a life without faith? Does faith have to be related to religion? How to pose questions about meaning and how to dare to define it independently from ready ideologies and doctrines? Where do artists and philosophers look for answers? What connects faith with taking risks and with freedom? Can faith be also a deliberate gesture of expression in relation to the social and political reality?
We invite you to a cycle of discussions hosted by a Dominican friar, Father Tomasz Dostatni. Every month from October 2017 until May 2018 we will be meeting at Malta Foundation with artists, philosophers and clergymen. Guests will include Olga Tokarczuk, Agnieszka Holland, and Father Adam Boniecki.
The debates constitute an introduction to the Leap of Faith Idiom, which will be the leading theme of Malta Festival Poznań 2018. The program will be prepared by Grace Ellen Barkey, Jan Lauwers and Maarten Seghers from the Belgian collective Needcompany.