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Building on Memory: program trailer

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Published on Oct 25, 2012

Thordis Niela Simonsen has been writing and telling stories for 40 years, painting for 20. Her one-woman multimedia program, Building on Memory, interweaves narrative and visual image to powerful effect. Simonsen's recollections of an innocent 1950s Lake Erie childhood are set against a backdrop of endearing black/white photographs taken by her father. Explorations of Simonsen's life-altering relationship with her adopted Greek village—and the abandoned house she restores there stone by stone—are set against a backdrop of her straightforward color photographs. And reflections upon the artist's lifelong pursuit of freedom through creative self-expression are set against a backdrop of her arresting and revealing paintings. 120 slides. 45 minute program. www.astragreece.com

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