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January 18, 2001

Artist Explores Holocaust History At CSUS

Deborah Lefkowitz, a documentary filmmaker and a visual artist, provokes emotions beyond measure with her media mixing at California State University, Sacramento.

Lefkowitz will give a lecture and presentation about her film, "Intervals of Silence: Being Jewish in Germany," at 5:30 p.m., Feb. 7 in Kadema Hall Room 145.

The film is based on the artist's conversations with more than 150 residents of a small town in Germany. It examines Jewish life in present-day Germany and the legacy of the Holocaust for both Jewish and non-Jewish Germans. Her work has been screened extensively throughout the U.S. and Germany.

"In her hands the ephemeral qualities of her media - film, photography and oral history - become powerfully evocative metaphors for memory and the tenuous way it inhabits our lives," said Elaine O'Brien, CSUS art professor.

Since 1994, Lefkowitz has been creating large-scale photographic installations that explore both the subject matter and formal concerns of her filmmaking. Her installations take images and voices from "Intervals of Silence: Being Jewish in Germany," and textures them to create a landscape of moving light accompanied by fragments of spoken narrative.

"She creates a beautiful environment apart from real time and place, a place where the viewer can consider the interwoven poetics of space and time, memory and loss," said O'Brien.

For information about the Lefkowitz lecture at CSUS contact O'Brien at (916) 278-5704. For media assistance contact the CSUS public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.

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