This online exhibition is open 24/7, where you are in the world ︎ This online exhibition is open 24/7, wherever you are in the world ︎ This online exhibition is open 24/7, wherever you are in the world ︎
This project explores a collection of letters sent between my great-grandmother, Sadie Sakols, and my great-grandfather, Benjamin Klasmer, in the period between 1912 and 1914. They were written in Yiddish, and were translated in 2014.
Both Sadie and Benjamin had emigrated from eastern Europe, living in an entirely new country after having fled cruel persecution for being Jewish. Sadie was 18 or 19 and Benjamin was 21 when the two met in Baltimore, Maryland in 1912.
Throughout reading these letters, I have heard the perspectives of two kids no older than myself navigating a world so different from the world of today, yet going through such universal things. Love will always be love, friendship will always be friendship, and family will always be family. Benjamin and Sadie did not live in the same place for years, which, while undoubtedly endlessly frustrating for them, resulted in roughly three hundred pieces of letters and ephemera marking birthdays, meetings, concerts, and more.
I never met them, nor did I meet my own grandmother, but these letters have reached me and connected me to my heritage and to another time, and I hope these reach you similarly in a both personal and universal way. You stand on the shoulders of giants, even if you never met them.
The bottom line is:
Importance is not measured by time, and change is a symptom in the presence of life.