Terezín: Photos by Dennis Darling and Loli Kantor
Tue, October 9, 2012 • 9:30 PM - 11:00 PM • Bass Concert Hall lobby
Opening reception for photo exhibit featuring works by Loli Kantor and Dennis Darling.
“Creativity in the Face of Death: The Contemporary Resonance of Terezîn,” a three-day symposium, will explore the enduring influence of music and art created by prisoners at Terezín (Theresienstadt), the “model ghetto” near Prague designed by the Nazis as a sham showcase to mask their murderous campaign against Europe’s Jews. The inmates, mostly Jews from Germany and Czechoslovakia and among them many notable artists, writers, composers, and musicians, acted out their parts for unsuspecting visitors even as, in the shadow of death, they raised the spirits of their fellow prisoners. Only 12 percent of the 140,000 Jews originally sent to Terezín survived. Virtually all of the members of the artistic community perished in the death camps or at Terezín itself.
Their heroic example has served as a haunting challenge for later artists to create what Kafka declared books must be—“an axe for the sea frozen inside us.” “Creativity in the Face of Death” will bring together world-class musicians, choreographers, photographers, and scholars whose work has been touched by the legacy of Terezín.
Loli Kantor is a fine art and documentary photographer based in Fort Worth, Texas. Born in Paris, France, and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel, Kantor has been documenting Jewish life in central and Eastern Europe for nearly a decade. Her work has been exhibited widely in the United States and internationally and is included in museums and private collections such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Lviv National Museum, Ukraine; and Lishui Museum of Photography, China.
Professor Dennis Darling teaches in the University of Texas's School of Journalism, where he heads Photojournalism. Darling has an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has taught photography and design at UT since 1981. His documentary work has been widely published and exhibited nationally and internationally. For the past six years he has led UT’s Maymester Abroad in Prague.
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