A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave. ~ Mahatma Ghandi
History as Personal Memory was an exhibition at the Slide Room Gallery in February 2018. Included in this exhibition were three works from Ruins, a portrait from Fatherland, and three large mixed media drawings which represent the little known story of German resistance against the Nazi regime. Roses stand in as portraits of those who withstood oppression while claiming compassion as their guiding motivation. I call to mind the practice of memorial and consider each rose individually while presented collectively. These roses are drawn with materials that resist many layers of ink, so that the idea of love is reclaimed from a romantic stereotype, and its role in social idealism and political resistance affirmed.
Curated by Wendy Welch (director of Vancouver Island School of Art,) History as Personal Memory showcased the work of Ira Hoffecker, Ulrike Walker and myself. “The artists in this exhibition are all of German descent and are addressing the effect WWII had on their lives. While none of them were alive during the war, it has played an enormous role in their personal memories. These memories are based on information gathered from family relations, historical research and poetic imaginings.” (from the exhibition poster.)