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Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (LAMOTH) in Pan Pacific Park presents “Radom, Los Angeles,” a photography series by Jamie Feiler currently on display that examines the experience of her grandmother, Auschwitz survivor Helen Freeman.
Feiler traveled to Radom, Poland, where Freeman was born in 1921, and photographed the places her grandmother lived before the war. She then took photographs around her grandmother’s Los Angeles neighborhood and in her home. Feiler was inspired by the contrast between the two cities and the lives her grandmother lived in each place. Instead of focusing on making spaces identifiable as places, Feiler fragments the environments her grandmother passed through. Feiler attempts to represent the distance from and complex relationship with the Holocaust that she and the viewer have.
Feiler’s titles give the viewer contextual clues. With a focus on the formal qualities of light and color, Feiler creates a mood through which viewers experience the spaces. Large scale prints help intensify the mood by completely enveloping the viewer.
LAMOTH is also currently exhibiting “Portraits in Black and White: Survivors and What They Carry,” an exhibit of 30 portraits of local Holocaust survivors by photographer Barbara Mack.
The oldest survivor-founded Holocaust museum in the nation, LAMOTH is a primary source institution commemorating those who perished, honoring those who survived. The museum is located at 100 The Grove Drive. For information, call (323)651-3704, or visit www.lamoth.org.
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