University of Minnesota
Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies


Voice to Vision

About Voice to Vision

The Voice to Vision collaborative project captures the extraordinary experiences of genocide survivors from different parts of the world. The stories of the survivors are first shared through dialogue, and then transformed into works of visual art that display painting, drawing, collage, and mixed media. Each art piece has been created through collaboration with a team of artists and genocide survivors. As the survivors share their experiences, members of the collaborative team exchange ideas and make creative decisions together to produce a work of art that reflects the convergence of each voice involved in the project.

The collaboration process is video-documented and edited for DVD format so that various communities and generations can experience it. The documentaries feature original scores that have been composed by collaborating musicians to reflect the survivor’s stories and sequence the video timeline. 

It is the goal of the Voice to Vision project to inspire others to use the tools of dialogue and the visual arts to investigate, recover, and protect their own indigenous narrative and emotional experiences. The art pieces and the video documentaries can connect audiences to some very life changing moments in history and stimulate discussion and education at public showings, in classrooms, and in family settings.

This project has been directed by David Feinberg and developed through the collaboration of an interdisciplinary visual research team that includes participants from the Department of Art and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, as well as participants from surrounding Twin Cities communities.

Associate Director, Voice to Vision, Beth Andrews.

Mission Statement/Catalogue and Exhibitions (PDF)

Voice to Vision Art Galleries

Voice to Vision I Voice to Vision II Voice to Vision III Voice to Vision IV

'Holocaust: Concentration
Camp Survivors, Poland'

Women in Hiding, Poland'

 'Romania and Rwanda'
Love will set u free

 'Germany, Laos, Tibet'
Voice to Vision V Voice to Vision VI

Image Gallery

'Cambodia, Germany,
Native American, Rwanda, Sudan'

'Next Generation: Armenia,
Bosnia, Cambodia,
Germany, Greece, Sudan'


The Art Process

VOICE TO VISION: V2V Collaborative Visual Inquiry: A New Way of Interviewing Through the Art Process (PDF)

Video Documentation

Voice to Vision Part I (QuickTime)
Holocaust survivors share Experience through Art (Male Survivors) Survivors: Murray Brandys and Joe Grosnacht

Voice to Vision Part II (QuickTime)
Beating Heart (Female Survivors). Survivors: Gina Kugler, Lucy Smith, Sabina Zimering, MD

Voice to Vision - TPT MN Channel YouTube
A 30 minute professionally produced version of Voice to Vision, in partnership with Minnesota Public Television.

Voice to Vision VI and VII Videographer and Editor, Meng Tang.

For more information about Voice to Vision please contact David Feinberg.