Self-Portrait at Majdanek Concentration Camp Majdanek Concentration Camp

May 20 - August 20, 2018

 

Survivor: My Father's Ghosts

A Black & White Introspective of Loss and Life

 

Shot on a 1961 Rolleiflex 2.8F, Survivor: My Father’s Ghosts captures photographer Hannah Kozak’s reflections as she retraces her father’s footsteps through eight concentration camps during the Holocaust. Kozak juxtaposes loss and life at these sites of mass murder, and her silver gelatin prints invite viewers to explore how communities and individuals mourn and find closure. 

As part of their goal to murder the Jews of Europe, the Nazi Government created over 40,000 ghettos and camps. Kozak traveled to Poland and Germany to bear witness and photograph the remains of 18 concentration camps. Some are mere fields overgrown by trees and weeds, others expansive museums that attract millions, but each in its own way is a ruminating space to ponder human history.  

This exhibition highlights the transformative role of the artist in producing images that thoughtfully investigate the process of pain and healing.


Hannah Kozak was born to a Polish Holocaust survivor father and a Guatemalan mother in Los Angeles, California. At the age of ten, she was given a Kodak Brownie camera by her father and began instinctively capturing images of dogs, flowers, family and friends that felt honest and real. As a teenager growing up in Los Angeles, Hannah would sneak onto movie lots and snap photos on the sets of "Charlie’s Angels," "Starsky and Hutch" and "Family," selling star images to movie magazines and discovering a world that was far from reality.

Hannah has received a number of awards, including the Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Female Photographer of the Year in 2013, and has exhibited in Malaga, Spain and Berlin, Germany as well as numerous group exhibitions in the United States.