Object of the Month – January 2019
My Name Is Might Have Been – Holocaust Memorial Day 2019
2019’s first object of the month is this series of 54 stunning oil paintings of Holocaust victims by local artist Leslie Nicholl.
Entitled My Name Is Might Have Been, the paintings show the faces of those who experienced the Holocaust and have the names of various concentration and death camps printed on them using lead typeface.
The artist, inspired by the story of Helen Lewis, a Holocaust survivor who settled in Belfast, undertook to retrace her journey from Terezin Concentration Camp on the outskirts of Prague to Auschwitz in Poland. Haunted by what he had seen, he later painted faces onto handkerchiefs.
The paintings will be on display at NIWM until 29th March for those wishing to view the series.
In addition, on Wednesday 23rd January 2019, Leslie will be providing an artist’s talk about the paintings and how he was inspired to make them. This will be complemented by readings from Helen Lewis’s book A Time To Speak by international recitalist Frances Mulley.
Places are limited to attend this event, so if you wish to attend please RSVP by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org