Encounter with the Holocaust: Personal Reflections by Gary Spicer
26 January – 9 March 2014
Drawings, photographs and writing by the Manchester-based artist which respond to his visits to the Auschwitz-Birkenau and Plaszow concentration camps in 2012.
Growing up in Cheetham Hill Spicer was drawn to the Jewish community, yet also felt outside it. While his father was Jewish, his mother was not which, according to orthodox law, made him a non-Jew.
Wishing to connect with his family roots, Spicer began exploring the holocaust in the hope it would provide him with a better sense of his own identity. What his work acknowledges, is the gap between those who suffered and those who did not.
The display includes photographs of railways lines and watch towers taken during his trips to visit former concentration camps, as well images of the landscapes that bore witness to the Holocaust. Meanwhile, line drawings depict distorted human figures, suffering to the point of dehumanization, shown alongside examples of Spicer's writing in its raw, unpolished first draft.