1944 in Paris, France
Lives and works in Paris, France
|20 Dead Swiss, 1990|
124 x 80 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches
Gift of Museum Without Walls, Kansas City, MO and
the Sosland Family
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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.