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Tatana Kellner

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77125, Fifty Years of Silence

This volume is one of two books preserving author Tana Kellner’s parents’ memory of internment in several concentration and extermination camps during World War II. The piece documents Tana’s mother’s life, and includes handwritten Czech text, transcribed into English by the author and printed over contemporary historical photographic images from internment camps. The original manuscript is reproduced on transparent interleaved pages. Family photographs provide a poignant contrast to the horrific accounts.

Die-cut pages fall around a flesh-colored, handmade paper cast of Eva Kellner’s forearm, tattooed with its ineradicable number. The work is comb bound and housed in a wooden box.

Press: Constructed by the Artist
Date: 1992
Number and Edition: 72 of 100
Size: 12” x 20”

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