New Exhibition To Be Internationally Debuted in Brisbane

August 16, 2016 by J-Wire News Service
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The New Zealand creators of the Shadows of Shoah Exhibition have designed a new Holocaust exhibition to be launched in Australia next week.

Hadas Palevsky (State Zionist Council of Queensland), Survivor George Stein, Sheree Trotter (Shadows of Shoah)

Hadas Palevsky (State Zionist Council of Queensland), Survivor George Stein, Sheree Trotter (Shadows of Shoah)

The Shadows of Shoah Exhibition was created by Perry Trotter and launched by New Zealand Prime Minister John Key at a United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day event in 2013. It has toured art galleries, museums, campuses, schools and public spaces throughout New Zealand. It is currently staged at The Hub, Whangarei, Northland, NZ. Shadows of Shoah presents excerpts of survivor stories using strong black and white  portraiture, original music and text.

The new work entitled “River of Tears” is sponsored by Sydney Jewish Museum and Queensland Jewish Board of Deputies. It will debut in Brisbane on 22 August. Building on the success, concepts and stories of Shadows of Shoah, the new exhibition takes its name from the Prophet Jeremiah’s Lamentation over the destruction of his people.

Perry and Sheree Trotter in Brisbane

Perry and Sheree Trotter in Brisbane

River of Tears engages the senses in innovative new ways, while carefully maintaining fidelity to the survivors’ accounts. Michael Hughes of Intec Systems, who built the original Shadows of Shoah Exhibition, again took up the challenge to translate challenging concepts into reality. Ultra high definition imagery is projected onto a  large “wall” of more than 320 discrete moving “bricks”. The central motif is that of a wall flowing with tears as referenced in the book of Lamentations. The technical task was to create movement in the wall and to have it flow with tears. Another motif featured in the exhibition is that of the railway system which played such as crucial role in the destruction of European Jewry. This has been developed with the audio and visual content.

Perry and Sheree Trotter recently travelled to Brisbane to photograph and interview local survivors. Some of this new work will be included in the exhibition. River of Tears will begin its tour in Brisbane and then continue on to Cairns and Gold Coast. Plans are developing for a staging in Sydney early in 2017.

Details of River of Tears stagings can be viewed here: http://shadowsofshoah.com/queensland’.html.

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