Tamar Hirschl

“My art aims to link past, present and future. Painting is a filter that keeps out my memories of childhood suffering, opening up new perspectives and viewpoints. I was born into the Holocaust in Zagreb, Croatia.

In the process of creating contemporary works, I found it necessary to depict the plight of many refugees who wish for survival and release from the cruelties inflicted on them. My art serves as a bridge from the world of today to the Holocaust and war of my memories. I wish to speak the uncomfortable truth of refugees who are trapped in a cycle of struggle and the promise of safe refuge abroad.

 It would be easy to cynically call out the bystander status of the artist in world events, but I believe strongly in our power to express solidarity with the suffering of refugees and send an appeal to the world to open its eyes and offer aid.”