Students from Selly Oak School began working with multi-media artist Jo Loki and Birmingham City University’s Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s Head of Learning and Participation Richard Shrewsbury on developing an artistic response to Holocaust survivor Suzie Lind’s testimony. The gifted testimony was one of the 112 survivor interviews captured by Natasha Kaplinsky OBE for the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation (UKHMF).
Working with Richard and Jo, the students used their own reactions, representations, and thoughts on Suzie’s testimony and the Holocaust to create their own artistic expression of it.
On the 20th December 2018, we are proud to release our seventh echo which encapsulates their artistic expression of Suzie’s testimony. The film, titled Pressing Stillness, features black and white art created by the students during their artist residency that weaves in and out of Suzie’s testimony, whilst students narrate some of Suzie’s words too.
During the creation of the film, Selly Oak School’s students were inspiring, working creatively and maturely to create a film that promotes tolerance, empathy and hope.
The echo will form an archive as part of Echo Eternal, a commemorative arts, media and civic engagement project inspired by the testimony of British survivors of the Holocaust. The project brings together diverse communities in a collaborative context, focusing on the Holocaust memorial and genocide awareness. Echo Eternal is presented by CORE Education Trust on behalf of the UKHMF.