Monica Petzal is an artist, curator and writer with a particular interest in her German-Jewish background. Trained as a painter and art historian, she became a printmaker in mid-career, enabling her to explore more fully a rich family archive of images, texts and objects. In this article she explores the connection between the writing of Victor Klemperer and her maternal family in Dresden before the Second World War, her family archive and the artwork produced for two exhibitions, Indelible Marks – The Dresden Project in 2013–14 and Dissent and Displacement in 2020.
Monica Petzal is an artist, curator and writer with a particular interest in her German-Jewish background. Her recent exhibitions include Indelible Marks – The Dresden Project (Kreuzkirche Gallery, Dresden, 2014; Herbert Museum, Coventry, 2015–16) and Dissent and Displacement (New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester, 2020) (https://monicapetzal.com/). She founded a gallery in 2006, Printroom (www.printroom.studio). Petzal is the Vice Chair of the Dresden Trust (www.dresdentrust.org).