Never Again — Again
This new addition to the Memory Project Productions exhibitions includes paintings and a 10-minute video with stories of six survivors of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.
Testimony is woven with the artist’s reflections about individual and collective responsibility. The video shifts from the survivors’ testimony to their painted portraits. The camera zooms in and traverses the painting surface, going from abstraction to representation and back. The act of hearing the survivors’ experiences while seeing the painted surfaces moving from fragments of the form to the whole makes us see both the paintings and the people in revealing ways.
As with the Finding Kalman exhibit, an artist engages with portraits and perspectives to connect with the past, honor the lost and help us feel our humanity.
Six paintings of people who survived the genocide in Rwanda (all oil on linen, 25 x 30 inches) are accompanied by a video traversing the paintings’ surfaces close up. A wall of 100 rectangular pieces of paper painted in vibrant colors represent tens of thousands of people whose entire families were killed and thus have no one to remember them.
The paintings were created by Roz Jacobs, the daughter of two Holocaust survivors. This exhibit can stand alone or work as an extension of Finding Kalman. Both invite viewers to share the artist’s journey in wrestling with our individual and collective responsibility in the face of genocide.
Free lesson plans can be used at home or in the classroom.
Paintings are based on images and stories from the testimony in USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education’s Visual History Archive ® Audio and video clips are from the same source. Used with permission.