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In luminous photographs and startlingly beautiful prose poetry, acclaimed artist and writer Quintan Ana Wikswo offers an incandescent, haunting fairytale of innocence in the midst of genocide. The text (in English and German) is generously illustrated with 21 full-color photographs made at pogrom sites in western Germany using antique battlefield cameras and altered vintage films. Amidst elderberries and larks' nests, birch trees and wild carrots, a group of children disregard their elders' warnings: never go near water. To the children, the danger is an imaginary troll crouched beneath the river bridge. To the elders, the threat is far more real. It is the summer of 1351 and the Black Death has come to Germany. Over 200 Jewish communities have been destroyed, yet these people are not killed by the bubonic plague but by mobs of neighbors who accuse them of poisoning Christian water sources. By the 15th century, only three substantial Jewish communities remain in all of Germany. Quintan Ana Wikswo offers a fierce and unsettling glimpse into a band of Jewish children who attempt to escape atrocity through fable and imagination. But she also offers a subtle warning for contemporary audiences who might, like the children, be tempted to distance ourselves from injustice by pretending it's only in our imaginations. Her titular reference to "Useless Eaters" - invoking Hitler's terms for Jewish children - suggests the forgotten lessons of the 14th century continue to resound into the 21st. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Quintan Ana Wikswo works in numerous media: photography, prose poetry, video, performance, and installation. Wikswo's projects explore the long-term histories of sites where crimes against humanity occurred in Europe and the Americas, revealing surprising and often unknown truths within the memories and ruins. Her work appears in museums, galleries, publications and performance spaces throughout Europe, Asia and the US.
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Book Description Catalysis Projects, 2011. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0983194319