Lakeside Arts
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Lakeside Arts
Event Detail

Lecture: The Eye as Witness

Friday 21 January, 6pm
Arts Lecture Theatre

Lectures & Talks

This event will be on sale on Tuesday 30 November, 11am.


£3 (free concessions)
1 hour (no interval)

Professor Maiken Umbach, Professor of Modern History at the University of Nottingham, will give this introduction to the thinking and motivations behind the making of The Eye as Witness exhibition and virtual reality experience.

Leading the work, Professor Maiken Umbach said: “The urgency of taking a fresh look at the darkest moment of human history cannot be underestimated. We have relied too much on Nazi propaganda photos to visualise the horrors of the Holocaust. Focusing on the photos and testimonies of victims helps us understand issues that are sadly becoming increasingly pressing in the modern world, such as Anti-Semitism, racism, fake news, and prejudice.” 

Images L-R: Stroop Report Warsaw Ghetto Uprising 1943 © National Archives and Record Administration, Washington | Shannen Lang, from the Peace Museum, as the exhibition prepares to open | Excavating the box of negatives and documents Henryk Ross buried in the ghetto at 12 Jagielonska Street, Lodz, March 1945. Photo: Henryk Ross © Art Gallery of Ontario, gift from Archive of Modern Conflict, 2007

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