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Felix de la Concha: Portraying Memories: Portraits & Conversations with Survivors of the Shoah

De la Concha painted and recorded survivors of the Shoah (Holocaust) from all over the world. While posing, his subjects talked about their lives and shared their testimonies of survival. These sessions provide the viewer a chance to witness the process of the transformation of the portraits from a blank canvas to the finished piece; while also providing the viewer an opportunity to watch De la Concha’s powerful and emotionally charged encounters with the sitters. Series of 9 portraits are of survivors from the Twin Cities.