I have been working on a body of work around the photograph A party in the Łódź Ghetto by Henryk Ross. I traveled to Lodz, Poland with my students in the 1990’s to visit the Łódź Tapestry Triennal.
I have been haunted by the photograph, ‘A Party in Ghetto’, seen many years ago in a Sunday supplement, and the image of Ross’ documented tea party has never left me.
Ross (1 May 1910 – 1991) was a Polish Jewish photographer employed by the Dept of Statistics for the Jewish Council in Poland working as a staff photographer he also documented Nazi atrocities.from 1941 to 1944. From 1941 to 1944 he recorded unofficial images of daily life of the people who lived in the Ghetto .
I have been given kind permission by The Art Gallery of Ontario to use this photograph in my work.