‘It’s very important to share memories, both good and bad, not to get angry, but to avoid these things happening again. I want to keep the memory of my parents alive.’ Sokphal Din, survivor of the Genocide in Cambodia
Tuesday 28 October – Saturday 8 November
(Private View 27 October, 6pm–8pm)
Birkbeck School of Arts
43 Gordon Square
The Moving Portraits project is a collection of images that evoke the significance of memory to Holocaust and genocide survivors and the importance of these memories for us all. The photographs show each survivor holding an item which holds a powerful memory for them and helps them to tell their important story.
These moments in time have been brought to life in an extraordinary way by artist Will Head, adding a moving element to keep the image, and the memories, alive. This digital exhibition displays the portraits largescale in high definition, bringing the collection to the public for the first time.
This project launches the first part of Memory Makers, our exciting creative project for Holocaust Memorial Day 2015, which explores the experiences of those who have survived genocide through the arts.
Visit the Peltz Gallery to explore the Moving Portraits of Avram and Vera Schaufeld, Joan Salter, Sokphal Din, Eric Murangwa and Safet Vukalić, finding out about their experiences during the Holocaust and genocide and how their object, and involvement in this project, helps to Keep the memory alive.
As part of the Moving Portraits exhibition, we will also be holding a film screening of The Power of Good at Birkbeck School of Arts Cinema. The documentary, about the life of Sir Nicholas Winton, tells the story of the man who organised a resuce mission of 669 children from German-occupied Czechoslovaia on the eve of the Second World War. After the film there will be the chance to hear from Vera Schaufeld, one of the people he rescued. Vera features in our series of Moving Portraits.