September 1, 2008

Voice to Vision Exhibition

Review of Voice to Vision exhibition
About Voice to Vision
The Voice to Vision project helps Holocaust survivors and Genocide survivors share their experiences through art. This project has been directed by David Feinberg and developed through the collaboration of an interdisciplinary visual research team that includes participants from the Art Department, and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Minnesota, as well as participants from surrounding communities in the Twin Cities. A variety of Voice to Vision resources are available for community groups, religious organizations, schools, and college art or history departments. Options include documentary DVDs, talks by Holocaust survivors, discussions with David Feinberg, and exhibitions of art that was created through the project. Individualized programs can be tailored to the needs of each group. (This is reprinted from the website.)

Review: Each of the pieces in this exhibition is a collaborative effort of artists and survivors. The projects were approached differently based on the past and present experiences and the survivors and the artists and different use of media. The threads that tie the pieces together are the humanity of the project, as well as the inhumanity that each of the survivors suffered and survived. The projects pieces illustrate that by living their individual lives, through the horrendous narratives that each individual has survived and shared, there exists a universal experience, a connection through the human spirit. The project seems to be about both preserving the memory of the horrific events so that they will not be repeated, but also about healing through the collective and collaborative
re-[membering] artistic process. It reminds us that genocide occurs daily throughout the world and connects us to the experience and individuals whose lives are permanently changed by these experiences. All of the pieces were extremely powerful. The work that particularly struck me was the story of Murray Brandy in “My Name was #133909 and I Sang.? He tells the story of walking in the forest, guarded by the SS, pushing a heavy four-wheeler without food, without water, and witness to brutal killing and death. He tells the story of how his life was randomly spared by singing a song.

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