What role can illustration play in a complex and visually overloaded society? How can a project benefit from involving the viewer in the research and development? These questions were central in the recent workshop in Lodz, Poland in commemoration of the children who died during Wielka Spera  (the Nazi deportations from the Jewish ghetto Litzmannstadt in September 1942) . The act of drawing and participatory design were the main areas of investigation in this workshop.


First public event at Bergen public library on 27th of February and workshop in Rom 8 28th of February, in Vaskerelven 8. Using stones as methaphor for children killed during the Holocaust, the project evolves through inviting the viewers in workshops to participate in both research and artistic practice.

Searching the archives documenting the deportation of children from the ghetto of Lodz I find information on where they lived and how old they were. By searching the ghetto registry of inhabitants, information on relatives etc is often found. USHMM and Yad Vashem are also primary sources. 

Participants in the workshop "adopt" each their stone with a number attatched. After keeping the stone during 24 hours, the participants make a drawing and return the drawing and the stones to me. From there we locate each child in the public records of Lodz; home street, age, family etc. 


Author Bjørn Sortland participated in the first workshop, and published an article afterwards in the newspaper Vårt Land 28th of March 2017. 

Link http://www.vl.no/kultur/ein-liten-stein-som-gneg-i-lomma-1.944644?paywall=true (paywall).


#HumanBeingDeported was also a part of a seminar 30th of March at Norsk barnebokinstitutt discussing how children literature convey the Holocaust in present and previous time.



The images shown above are from a workshow in Poland in the end of August 2017  where the participants drew the stones, and then were guided to the places connected to the children, the houses where they lived. Justyna Tomaszewska from the Marek Edelman Dialogue Center guided the tour, and the participants werecencourraged to look for possible meaningful information still found in the home places of the children. Participants uploaded the material they fond relevant to social media using the hashtag #HumanBeingDeported, and  the material may later be used in the final stage of the project.

Illustration Research:


The contemporary discourse about refugees lies behind this artistic research project, which dwells on the destiny of the many children killed in the ghettos and in extinction camps during WWII. From Litzmannstadt ghetto in Łódź alone, 15 681 children between the age of 0 to 10 were deported during a short period in September 1942. Keeping their memory alive is one way of paying respect to their fates. 

Recent activity: 
Seminar Vekst.Verk
Thursday 24th of August 10.30 - 22.00
At Dramatikkens Hus, Oslo

Hvilket refleksjonsrom tilbyr vi barn og unge i kunsten i dag, og hvordan skaper vi dramatikk som åpner opp for barns erfaring og tolkning? Hvordan kan vi skrive scenetekster for barn som er relevante, utfordrende og speiler den virkeligheten barna lever i? Dramatikkens hus  inviterte dramatiker Jens Raschke, illustratør Hilde Kramer, dramaturg Stefan Åkesson, Erik Uddenberg og Suzanne Osten til å prate om sin tilnærming til kunst for barn og unge.


Słuchając kamienie

Remembrance Through Stones

29 - 30th of August 2017

At The Marek Edelman Dialogue Center, Łódź, Poland

In memory of the children murdered during Wielka SzperaThursday
30th of August 11 am.

At the Marek Edelman Dialogue Center on 29th of August 2017, at 6.30 pm: Opening of project by students from the Institute of Design, University of Bergen, Norway.

At the Dialogue Center on 30th of August 2017 at 11.00 am:  Open workshop led by professor Hilde Kramer, followed by a walk through the Baluty district to the places where the children from Lodz Ghetto lived.

More info here: https://www.centrumdialogu.com/en/program