Professor Terry Berkowitz, chairperson of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, is a visual artist with an international reputation. From Jan. 31 to Mar. 9, her work will be on view in Madrid’s Galeria Magda Belloti in a one-person exhibition that tackles issues of family, war crimes, and culture.
The exhibition is titled 1402-1944 and features two works, The Malaya Lola Project and Is This Where My Family Lived? The latter is a project that draws on the history of the Inquisition and the expulsion of the Jews and Arabs from Spain in the 15th century. An installation piece, it consists of a series of photographs and accompanying video that is part of a long-term project entitled Veil of Memory. As the title suggests, it also incorporates a work in progress that traces the roots of Berkowitz’s own family to the Canary Islands.
The Malaya Lola Project grew out of Berkowitz’s travels to the Philippines, where she photographed the Malaya Lolas, or “free grandmothers”, 60 survivors of a mass rape by the Japanese in World War II. This exhibition is a component of a project that includes sending postcard portraits of the Lolas to every member of the Japanese Diet with the ultimate goal of providing a formal apology and compensation to these, now very elderly, women.
Berkowit’s work is characteristically social and political in nature, and typically makes use of mixed media, including video, sound, and objects. Her installations have previously been exhibited in Spain in private foundations and non-commercial spaces in Barcelona, Seville, and elsewhere.
Contact: Zane Berzins