CAROLYN RADLO


VIDEO

THE GRANDFATHERS

video installation project, 2004-07
fifteen short sequential silent videos
26 min 22 sec total length

created in collaboration with Alanna Simone
locations: Auschwitz, Berlin, San Francisco and Jackson Hole, Wyoming


My grandfather died in a concentration camp. My mother and grandmother were hauled
out of Poland in cattle cars to a labor camp in Germany, after which they became
refugees. This is a family trauma and it hung like a cloud. When I myself had a
daughter, I saw the effect of history upon her. Together we made The Grandfathers
as a way of unpacking the issues in the constellation that formed around this story -
issues of identity, place, projection, recollection.



supplemental mixed-media prints






I: The Grandfathers


II: I Am A Lone Wolf...


III: My Grandfather Is A Place


IV: In The Background And Out Of My Mouth Auschwitz


V: I Find My Face Here


VI: I Am A Buffalo/ Buffalo Is Walking On This Ground (Mother)


VII: I Am This Land


VIII: In My Grip I Hold The Stone/ It Is My Heart Swallowed


IX: I Honor Your Terrible Fate


X: The Diamond Mountian Is Made Of Ashes


XI: The Ground/ The Ground Is Hot/ Holy Ground


XII: I Don't Know What I Am/ I Am Not What I Seem/ I Am Not Alone In This


XII: The Background Comes Forward


XIV: My Heart Is A Stone/ I Will Offer It


XV: I Take Myself Seriously...


















above: video titles and selected frameshots

all images Carolyn Radlo and Alanna Simone