Featured Visual Artist

Amy Friend

HEW Featured Visual Artist Amy Friend is Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at Brock University and a multimedia artist who exhibits and publishes her work internationally. She has been selected as a top 50 photographer by Critical Mass International Photography Competition for three years running and a Time Inc. Top Magazine Cover Pick for 2015. Amy Friend is represented by C3 Arts.

For more information on Eternal Light, the HEW exhibit featuring Amy Friend's work, click here. Curated by Mira Goldfarb. Archival images courtesy of Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre.

Exhibit generously co-sponsored by Sally & Mark Zigler in honour of their parents, Fanny & Bernard Dov Laufer and Etty & Salo Zigler.


HEW 2016Cover Image by Amy Friend

In an HEW-commissioned series, visual artist Amy Friend explored the early 20th century collections of the Ontario Jewish Archives. The archivists believe that this photograph, along with several others included in the Eternal Light exhibit, comes from Vilnius, Lithuania, circa 1920s. For more information, click here. 

Artist Statement
The Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre inspired the development of the photographic series based on the HEW theme, the Future of Memory. Drawn from the collection of UJA Federation’s Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre, the images present fragments of personal and, at times, universal histories. These photographs have the potential to imply new meanings for each viewer, offering a range of perspectives on history and photography.

Through hand-manipulated interventions I alter and subsequently photograph the images to create new photos. I carefully perforate each photo and shine light though the small openings in order to bring new light into the photograph. Each image is changed through this action; new interpretations are possible. My hope is to invite further contemplation and extend the possibilities inherent in a singular photograph.

Amy Friend, 2016