4 Framed photographs
30.5 x 38 cm
A photographic series by Lilianne Milgrom
Dedicated to my mother Miriam Unreich née Blumenstock, who lives in Melbourne, Australia.
I don’t remember when I became consciously aware of my mother’s Holocaust experience; it was more like a forbidding presence – often unspoken yet very much a part of my formative psyche. Even before I could truly grasp the horrors which she endured, a sensory transference of sorts had already been transmitted through my DNA, and deep into my core.
It was only much later in life that I came across the term ‘Second Generation Holocaust Survivor’, and that is when I fully understood the intractable shadow that the Holocaust has cast over future generations.
In this photographic series, my mother’s concentration camp number is etched on my soul as surely as if it were tattooed onto my own skin and will continue to cast an ominous shadow on her progeny.
Lilianne Milgrom can well be described as a “global artist at large.” Born in Paris, growing up in Australia and living for extended periods in Israel and the United States, she now resides in the greater Washington DC area.
Milgrom’s diverse cultural background has been influential in shaping a multi-disciplinary approach to her art, combining painting, sculpture, video and installation. “I resist self-imposed or external limitations. I have found that combining different art forms allows for the creation of a more complex visual language - as my work has evolved so has my palette.” Though the artist’s subject matter is eclectic, her body of work is defined by a conscious balance between the conceptual and the aesthetic.