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Facing Survival by David Kassan


USC Fisher Museum of Art September 18-December 7, 2019

The USC Fisher Museum of Art and The USC Shoah Foundation proudly present the exhibition “Facing Survival | David Kassan.”

Artist David Kassan’s singular vision and extraordinary talent combine in the exhibition “Facing Survival” featuring Kassan’s paintings and drawings of more than a dozen Holocaust survivors, created over a period of several years. In preparation for painting their portraits, Kassan recorded his subjects’ testimonies, getting to know them deeply. His intimate understanding of his subjects and of their unique histories conveys a sense of their experiences in the Holocaust as much as it does their individual appearance now: the visceral, lifelike imagery captures each person’s spirit, pain, and dignity. David Kassan’s portraits become a form of testimony in their own right, revealing the luminous visage of resilience, the complex nature of survival, and a contemporaneous reflection of their lives in the aftermath of genocidal violence.


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