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Yesterday at St. Stephan's Cathedral in Vienna

Friday, March 8

Yesterday at St. Stephan's Cathedral in Vienna: farewell to Corona Rose, my art intervention at and since the onset of Covid19 pandemics, and hello to Ohne Haut Schwebend, the German translation of my novel Without Skin - Floating, published now - after being already published in Slovenian and Spanish - also in German translation by Löcker Wien.

My thanks to all those who managed to join me yesterday evening for the Finissage of my Collective Corona Rose, my art intervention at St. Stephan’s Cathedral that has been spreading hope from the wall above the emperor Friederick III marble sarcofagus since October 2020, and the presentation of the German translation of my book Ohne Haut, Schebend, (translated by Ulrike Zimmermann and adapted by Reinhart Hosch), published by Löcker Wien.

Thank you to everyone who joined yesterday's very special evening which was devoted to giving the last view at the 4 year blooming Corona Rose at the Stephnasdom as well as the first glance of my novel “Ohne Haut, schwebend” published in German translation by the Loecker Verlag.

My thanks to everyone who made these two projects and evening possible, especially Toni Faber, the Stephansdom priest, who invited me to create this work sharing hope already four years ago...

to Erwin Uhrmann, the author and artist himself as well as the columnist at Die Presse, who expressed and connected so perfectly the roots and connections of my Corona Rose and my literary texts...

to Alex Lellek, the editor of Locker Verlag Wien who accepted my book into his program and offering it such a great home, and of course Prof. Reinhart Hosch who so masterfully translated it and made sure it was absolutely striped of any of its mistakes...

and my thanks to him for his selection of passages from the book and his reading them in German...

My thanks to Dr. Gerd Silberhumer, the surgeon from the AKH, for his thoughtful and informative commentary on the challenges for the body and the mind of those facing difficult diagnosis...

and last but not least also to the Dombau hutte and technicians Branko Orasche and Rafael for their wonderful help and enabling, that my video with documentary footage from Buenos Aires that I made during the writing of my novel, could be presented yesterday.

You can see this video here:

My thanks to those who bought my book...

From the commentary of Erwin Uhrmann on my book: "Eva Petrič narrates her book by interweaving different literary forms. A fragmentary narrative style, an ego that has taken on a life of its own as a kind of superego narrative voice, plus lyrical passages and a lot of lyrical prose. All of this flows into each other and is typographically set apart from each other, so that we can perceive these different levels well...."

And his comment on the book cover:

"When we look at the cover image of the novel, we see two hands. One belongs to the artist herself. The other is made of lace. The shapes are the same, but the lace hand shows a complex structure, it reveals its style, symbolizing nerve pathways, arteries and connecting lines. These two hands hold before our eyes what we see and what we don't see. Because most of the time, what we don't see is relevant. In Eva Petrič's book, behind all the noise, the excitement, it lies in the walls. In the case of the Corona rose, it lies behind the beautiful shape and materiality. But this cover, which was chosen so well, shows us both sides."

From the commentary of Reinhart Hosch: "How do you levitate without skin? Reducing the title of the book to this question would mean dragging the stroke of genius of a 24-year-old Slovenian precisely into the one-dimensional grid of reality that is beguilingly abandoned in this book. In an easily readable plot, Eva Petrič succeeds in linking the history of three generations and two countries - Slovenia and Argentina - so empathetically that polyphonic reality as a network of perception, memory, collective history, night and day dreams, art and intuition of transcendence, even object animism, is experienced with rousing intensity..."

But back to the Corona Rose:

Corona Rose invites us to look beyond the thorns of life, to reach the beauty that lies ahead of them ! Wishing everyone to be able to find the beauty of each year, day, hour, situation, person , emotion…

Kindly invited to still visit my Corona Rose at the mystical Stephansdom in the heart of Vienna till the end of March 2024. My thanks to the anonymous lace makers whose laces I collected at various corners of the world, as well as to lace makers from Idrija, the place in Slovenia from where the Idrija lace originates, who under the guidance of Maja Svetlik from the Idrija School of Lace, made at the onset of the pandemic, weaved their fears and hopes in making rose petals- These petals now form the base of the Corona Rose, which will as a Rose of Hope, continue its mission at a new place.

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