Anastasia Contoguris (Australia)
Ghetto Child/2013/sculpture, bronze/50cm×60cm×80cm
Appreciation: While 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the World Anti-Fascist War, many artworks of the 6th Beijing Biennale held in this year are about the memories of wars in the pastand dreams for peace in the future. In November 2013, a female Australian artist Anastasia Contoguris took part in the Holocaust Education Week in Canada. The artist was shocked and aggrieved to find out that over one million Jewish children were innocent victims of the Holocaust. The bronze sculpture Ghetto Child created a statue of a starving child whose parents were probably killed huddled on a stool in a corner of the Warsaw Ghetto during the Second World War. He wore the humiliating racism discrimination label imposed by the Nazi. In his eyes we can see his terrifying memories of the holocaust and his unfilled dreams to be under the warm arms of his parents.
Anastasia Contoguris was born in Australia in 1963 and she is a sculptor now. She has participated in the Holocaust Education Week organized by the Sarah&Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Center in Toronto Canada, November, 2013.