Artist and Holocaust Survivor Daisy Brand to Appear at Sabes JCC

Holocaust survivor and artist Daisy Brand will give a talk and slide show of her work on Thursday, January 12, 7:30 p.m. at the Sabes JCC in St. Louis Park. Brand, who is originally from Czechoslovakia, was deported to Auschwitz and survived that camp, and was then transported to Riga as a slave laborer. Other camps followed until liberation. Her wall sculptures, created from porcelain, stoneware, and wood, frame images of landscapes she links to particular historical events, which increasingly include her memories as a Holocaust survivor. Rather than using more widely recognized symbols and images of those events, she tries to represent her personal memories of the particular landscapes and architecture that surrounded her. Because they are not necessarily archetypes of the Holocaust, her images expand a singular concept of that event and demand that its history remember the ambiguity of personal experiences.
Daisy Brand's work

The exhibition of this work is sponsored by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and opens at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis on Friday, January 13 with a public reception from 6–8 p.m.

Piece Title: Last Stop

About Daisy Brand

Brand immigrated to the USA from Israel in 1966 and now lives in the Boston area. She was educated at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and Boston University. She has exhibited her ceramic work frequently in New England and in Europe, including France, Italy, England and Canada. She was part of a large exhibition curated by Monice Bohm-Duchen in London during 1995, "After Auschwitz". Brand is an artist who challenges Theodor Adorno's notion that to write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric. Her own ceramic art incorporates her wartime experiences. "My father was a banker in Bratislava. He was given a posting to the eastern part of Czechoslovakia, near the border with Rumania and Ukraine. While we were there, we were rounded up and transported to a Jewish ghetto. We were then transported to concentration camps. I myself spent time in seven different camps, including Auschwitz. I was only fourteen years old when I was incarcerated and I subsequently saw my entire family murdered."

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Opening reception at Northern Clay Center

Friday, January 13, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
2424 Franklin Avenue E., Minneapolis
FFI: 612-339-8007, www.northernclaycenter.org
Exhibition runs through February 19, 2006
Demonstration and slide lecture

Saturday, January 14, 10:00 a.m. – noon
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Avenue E., Minneapolis
FFI: 612-339-8007, www.northernclaycenter.org

See the Portable Document Format press release for more information about Daisy Brand and her work.

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