WWII vets fly high in art

The lives of two Jewish women who bravely fought in World War II are on display at the Koffler Gallery until April 18.

Through sculpture, photography and interactive electronics, local multimedia artist Nina Levitt’s Thin Air exhibit tells the stories of Hungarian-born Hannah Senesh, who parachuted into Yugoslavia in the midst of the war, but was killed in 1944 at age 23, and Vera Atkins, who was the highest-ranking female officer in British Intelligence despite never revealing her Jewish-Romanian heritage.

Atkins died in 2000 at the age of 92.

“Approaching the installation in two parts, Levitt emulates the uncertainty and tension that accompanied these actions, and implicates the viewer’s presence in these experiences,” a Koffler press release stated.

“Unveiling the complex narratives that envelop these women’s stories and their representatives in popular culture, she underscores the inadequate representations of women in history and visual culture.”

Levitt, who holds a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Media Studies from Ryerson, has exhibited internationally since 1982.

She is the founding member of the Toronto Photographers Workshop.

And was awarded a Chalmers Arts Fellowship by the Ontario Arts Council for her work on women spies.

Koffler Gallery is located inside the Koffler Centre of the Arts at 4588 Bathurst St. Call 416-636-1880 or visit www.kofflerarts.org for more information.

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By: Lorianna De Giorgio
Posted: May 7 2008 2:30 am
Filed in: NEWS
Edition: Toronto