Jewish artist living in Montreal, Yehouda Chaki never met his grandparents, aunts, uncles or cousins – they were all killed in Auschwitz. Born in 1938 in Athens, he immigrated to Israel from Greece in 1945 to settle in Tel Aviv, Israel. He was traumatized by daily broadcasts called Mi makir on Kol Israel, the national radio station, during which people could ask if anyone knows [a particular person’s name] or has information about missing family members.
The installation, Mi Makir, features indistinct portraits of victims who died in concentration camps. Each drawing features numbers corresponding to real people who perished. Sculptures made with books recall the infamous book burnings of Kristallnacht (November 9, 1938). If haunting, this installation is deeply personal for the artist and a generation of Jews, and others, whose families were killed in the Holocaust, its significance and poignancy resonates with all of humanity.
An exhibition organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Curator: Iris Amizlev, guest curator.