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Hannah Hersko
The Edges Are Rounded to Soften the Blow

This installation was created while on a residency in Berlin and was an endeavor to understand the sobering inability to communicate loss through material.  Being in Germany and Austria, I was struck for the first time in my life by my relationship (or lack thereof) to my Jewish heritage and upbringing.  This peculiar personal dilemma was combined with my interest in how specific materials and forms are consistently used in Jewish memorials  to signify and materialize loss.  Over and over and over again I was faced with concrete stelae, columns, as the material reminders of lives and bodies lost.  The multi-media elements of the installation are concerned with voids and their manifestation.  The video below was playing on loop on the cell phone pictured in documentation.