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Christian Boltanski
Born 1944 in Paris, France
Lives and works in Paris, France
20 Dead Swiss, 1990
photographs, lamps
124 x 80 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches
Gift of Museum Without Walls, Kansas City, MO and
the Sosland Family
1997.17a–t
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Parisian artist Boltanski has spent his life working with the  most ethereal of materials—newspaper clippings, photographs, candles, light bulbs—to examine and  mark our transitory passing here on earth. His photographic installations are powerful evocations of memory, loss, and death. For his work in Les Suisses morts, or The Dead Swiss series, Boltanski appropriated photographs from Swiss obituaries, noting that photography always carries with it the specter of death—we all die—as well as the presence of those who have died.