Visu­al Arts

Every­one is Present

Ter­ry Kurgan

  • From the Publisher
January 1, 2013

In this book, Ter­ry Kur­gan begins with a fam­i­ly snap­shot made by her Pol­ish grand­fa­ther in 1939 on the eve of the war. Pre­sent­ing this evoca­tive image as a repos­i­to­ry of mul­ti­ple his­to­ries pub­lic, pri­vate, domes­tic, famil­ial, and gen­er­a­tional she sets off on a series of med­i­ta­tions on pho­tog­ra­phy that give us star­tling insights into how pho­tographs work: what they con­ceal, how they mis­lead, what provo­ca­tions they con­tain. Each essay takes up the thread of the sto­ry of her fam­ilys epic jour­ney across Europe as they flee Nazi occu­pa­tion, until they reach Cape Town. Kur­gans essays are part mem­oir, part trav­el­ogue, part analy­sis, and they demon­strate her sophis­ti­cat­ed under­stand­ing of a medi­um that has long engaged her as an artist.

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