Aratoi is honoured that Masterton artist Hélène Carroll will exhibit The Alphabet Paintings at the world’s first Holocaust museum, The Ghetto Fighters' House – Itzhak Katzenelson Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Heritage Museum – founded by Holocaust survivors. The exhibition runs at the museum in Western Galilee, Israel, from 1 April to 1 August, 2020.
Hélène Carroll is also honoured to be invited to attend the Yom Hashoah ceremony at the Museum on 21 April, Holocaust Remembrance Day; this year marks 75 years since the liberation of the camps in Germany and in German-occupied Poland.
The Alphabet Paintings, held in the Aratoi collection, contrasts the child's alphabet, something structured and unchanging ( 'Aa is for Apple...' ), with the chaos and horror of the Holocaust ('...and also for Auschwitz'), a shadow under which the artist has lived her life as the child of two Holocaust survivors.
Born in Paris in 1947, Hélène moved to New Zealand in 1949. She has held three solo exhibitions at Aratoi: Thinking About Matisse (2012), Recent Work (2017) and The Alphabet Paintings (2018/2019).