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Edwards Art Gallery hosts Samuel Bak's WITNESS

Joseph Sywenkyj
The Edwards Art Gallery is honored to host Samuel Bak's WITNESS. A childhood destroyed by Nazi occupation, Bak's work is suffused with symbols and metaphors based on real life experiences of unimaginable sorrow, pain and loss as Bak addresses the Holocaust, faith, Jewish culture, and justice. In addition to viewing WITNESS throughout the fall, students will have the opportunity to meet with Samuel Bak and discuss the depth and resonance of his work.
Within these extraordinary images, we see a fractured dove, the symbol of peace, broken apart and partially mended with metal and wood. We see justice, or attempts at it, as well as dice, which represent chance. Candles, immense importance to religious Jews, are seen with smoke rising representing the murder and memory of millions whose bodies were cremated in industrial-scale furnaces. The word hope appears in large letters, yet viewers may observe the empty caskets within the image. 

Taken together, this work is meant to educate, inform and above all, keep the memory of the Holocaust from fading.

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