Performance and Video Artist

Dad and Primo Levy

Dad and Primo Levi, shows my ageing father, an Auschwitz survivor, dozing off while listening to a ‘talking book’ – Primo Levi’s The Drowned and the Saved –  playing on his desk. The reader’s words seem to be saturated into my father’s consciousness and echo his own thoughts as he nods off. The piece concludes with Levi, also a survivor of Auschwitz, warning us, the listeners, to beware of a ‘would-be tyrant waiting in the wings with beautiful words on his lips.’