Beth Burstein’s “The Legacy: A Daughter’s Experience of the Holocaust”
November 1-19, 2011
Beth Burstein 78F, an alumna of Hampshire College, will present a photographic and textual exhibition entitled “The Legacy: A Daughter’s Experience of the Holocaust” from November 1-19, 2011 in the Main Gallery in the library at Hampshire College. Two related series of color photographs explore Burstein’s dual identity as an American born well after World War II and as the daughter of a Holocaust survivor. Intimate and public, these images function at the margins of both the documentary and fine art.
“The Family Heirloom,” is comprised of images Burstein took of her father’s concentration camp uniform and her relationship to this family heirloom.
“The Family Heirloom,” is composed of images Burstein took of her father’s concentration camp uniform and her relationship to this family heirloom. She has written of this project: “I have been working on [‘The Family Heirloom’] since 1997, when I first donned my father’s concentration camp uniform (which he kept since his liberation in 1945). Perhaps it was no accident his uniform fit me perfectly, as his family’s experiences during that time are a deep part of me and always will be.” The second, related series, “I Thought It Would Feel Like Home,” focuses on the 2005 pilgrimage Burstein made with a small group of her relatives to their family’s former homeland in Lithuania. In her search to find the remnants of her father’s and his family’s lives in Lithuania, Burstein juxtaposes townscapes and images of the sometimes hidden memorials to Lithuania’s Jewish victims of the Holocaust with her evocative writing about memory, history, presence, and erasure.
New date for opening reception:
Thursday, November 17, 2011, 5-7 p.m. Gallery talk at 5:30. This event is free and open to the public.
Beth Burstein’s exhibition was curated by Sura Levine. It has been funded and sponsored by Hampshire College’s office of alumni relations, the office of spiritual life, and the progams in art history and humanities of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies.