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OCT 11, 2012

Tree of Testimony at LAMOTH

The Holocaust can feel like an abstract concept, something that happened to people from a distant land in an alternative universe. No museum or exhibit brings home the banality of evil and the overpowering enormity of what the Nazis wrought like the L.A. Museum of the Holocaust's engrossing video art piece, Tree of Testimony. Visitors toggle among the 70 screens splayed across a curved wall, each showing an endless loop of 52,000 survivor testimonies from USC Shoah Foundation Institute. Little old ladies in sweater sets calmly recount concentration camp horrors beside gnarled men with tears in their eyes. It feels like you're Skyping with the past. Sit down for 10 minutes and you'll stay at least an hour. 100 S. The Grove Drive, Fairfax District. (323) 651-3704, lamoth.org.

—Amanda Lewis

 

http://www.laweekly.com/bestof/2012/award/best-video-art-exhibit-1889799/