Before she died, my grandmother set aside some studio photographs and one tattered envelope penned in Russian; she implored me to never discard these keepsakes, as this was the last address our family had for our relatives—immortalized in the sepia portraits—who perished in World War II.
My grandmother’s request propelled me on a multi-year search for mementos my generation inherited from Jewish relatives displaced by the calamities of the twentieth century. “The Last Address: Traces of Family and History in Memory and Montage” examines these enigmatic keepsakes and the memories associated with them. With the increased passage of time, the photographs and other personal effects these people brought to their new world—their traces of family and history—are rapidly disintegrating. “The Last Address: Traces of Family and History in Memory and Montage” will preserve these voices and visual remnants—woven into multi-dimensional photomontages—in perpetuity.
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/leslie_starobin/3/