Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Mirta Kapferminc Response

Mirta Kupferinc presented her work titled The Skin: Space for Repression and Expression. Mirta was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is a daughter of an Auschwitz survivor. She showed some of her works and talked about how the effect of the holocaust influenced her work.

Being the daughter of a holocaust survivor, most of Mirta works are Jewish related. She grew up without grandparents or close relatives, without photographs or belongings of other people before her parents. This deeply shaped her art and her concerns with her identity and cultural heritage. Her works are usually edited digitally. She prefers to work with objects rather than sculptors. Objects are permanent and it is very important to her

She talked about the tattoo, numbered 80264, that her mother received during the holocaust. She said some people want to erase the tattoo because they don’t want to remember the experience of the holocaust. However, her mother decided to keep her tattoo because that is her identity; the tattoo is a part of her and she accepts it as a memory. There was a picture of her sitting with a doll in white background. What she was sitting on was not shown. She said the doll represent the holocaust survivors and she wanted to portrait that she is sitting in no where and that she doesn’t know much about her identity or cultural heritage. One of her noticeable included a chair with wings.

In one of her videos, she showed, from the inside, a needle piercing through a fabric. The image created painful feelings and it looked as if the needle was piercing through a person’s skin. She said that the sewing and knitting symbolized feminine in Argentina and the needle represented the pain. She said that the skin represented her parents’ skin and that she is inside watching on as her parents suffer. She couldn’t believe this could really happen.

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