reveals is a site specific installation on permanent display in Conway Hall, London

 

 

My father Reg Marks was a Japanese prisoner of war

reveals is an installation in response to his experiences building the Burma Railway

 

walking through the corridor powers the train

through the train windows are:

 

glimpses of my father’s life before and after his captivity, his wartime diary,

messages from the family he left behind and the Japanese figures he carried home

 

the texts are from his beloved mother Dobie and my mother Bina Korngold, a refugee from Vienna

giving him news about their little daughter Gita

 

 

the Japanese figures

have been a constant throughout my life, they are significant to me

 

“memories of people, and other times” my father’s words

 

they remind me of my family known and unknown and whoever made these dolls which at different times we both have touched

 

 

the installation also documents Reg's wartime friendship with Mr Rikitaki and the kindness that can be experienced

regardless of difference.

 

Acknowledgement:

Elizabeth Marks for the photo album and the documents that made this installation possible

 

Conway Hall

25 Red Lion Square | London | WC1R 4RL

Opening Hours: Mon - Sat: 9:00 - 23:00, Sun: 9:00 - 22:30

 

Barbara Marks: artsparks.barbaramarks@gmail.com

 

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