The Landscape of Loss (Photographs by Jeff Gusky)
February 3 - June 9, 2002
ARTIST TALK AND RECEPTION: The Presence of Absence, Jeff Gusky, 2:00 pm. A reception
will follow in the Marble Court featuring music by the University Chamber Orchestra
BURLINGTON, VT ó On February 3, 2002, the Robert Hull Fleming Museum will present The
Landscape of Loss, an exhibition of photographs by Dr. Jeff Gusky. A Texas emergency
physician, Gusky has sought to capture the essence of the centuries-old Jewish culture
destroyed in the Holocaust through black-and-white photographs created in the midst of
the bleak Polish winter. Dr. Gusky believes that the images give voice to a murdered
people. They evoke a visual confrontation with the aftermath of cataclysm: decaying
Jewish settlements, desecrated synagogues and cemeteries, and death camps little-changed
in fifty-six years. The photographs depict the vestiges of a once vibrant culture,
frozen in time by decades of communism, poverty, geographic isolation, and the absence
of living Jews.
In December of 1995, Dr. Gusky visited southeastern Poland in pursuit of a deeper
personal understanding of his Jewish faith. What he found transformed him. He returned
to Poland again and again, always in winter, in search of these haunted landscapes.
The result is a body of work now consisting of 12,000 black-and-white negatives. The
images are as beautiful and visually compelling as their subjects areprofoundly
disturbing. They speak to the consequences of evil and the fragility of modern society.
The Landscape of Loss will be accompanied by public programming presented in
collaboration with the University of Vermontís Center for Holocaust Studies.
Events will include a slide talk by the artist discussing his experiences creating
the work, an educatorís workshop, and lunchtime and evening talks by Holocaust scholars,
art historians, and Bernard Gotfryd, photojournalist and Polish Holocaust survivor.