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Jean Hoenninger (January 1, 2014- January 1, 2016)

A sculptor and visual anthropologist earned degrees from The New School for Social Research, in New York City, Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and The Academy of Art in San Francisco, California. Her sculptures have been exhibited internationally, and for the past forty years she has been an educator in New York City and Los Angeles, California.  Following a decade of creating artwork that explored imagery of genocide and the Holocaust, she moved to Poland where she lived for two years while investigating how crimes committed by the Nazis were (or were not) memorialized.  This research evolved into her current project, Landscapes of Oblivion, A Photographic Unveiling.  Based on archival research, personal interviews, and photographic documentation, this project focuses on identifying and documenting sites of civilian mass executions throughout Poland during the Nazi occupation of that country.  Ms. Hoenninger has lectured nationally on her research and has created a slide exhibition kiosk presenting Landscapes of Oblivion.  Her first work of sculpture emerging from this research was a site-specific installation at the Majdanek Concentration Camp in Poland.  She is currently working on a website presenting this information to the online public.

Ms. Hoenninger has received grants for this project from the Kosciuszko Foundation, the New School for Social Research, and Art Center College of Design.  While in Poland, she also received support from the International Center for Not-for-Profit-Law.  Her photographs are currently in the archives of the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC, the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw, and in many of the Crimes Commissions in Poland.

Jean Hoenninger