Three black and white photographs of young people's faces are vertically arranged. Above each and below the center image are smaller versions of similar portrait photographs. Four of these smaller photos are also arranged in the line of the large photographs, one on each end, and two separating the larger pictues. All the photos are surrounded by an arrangement of light bulbs, which are connected by a network of electrical cables that snake along the walls and over the photos.
The subject of Boltanski's mixed media piece is the Holocaust and Holocaust memory. The photographs in the piece are enlargements from a 1931 graduating class picture from a Jewish high school in Vienna, the Lycée Chases. The piece is both a memorial to the victims and an engagement with the fate of the memory of the dead.
Enamel abstract expressionist painting in traditional Valentine’s Day colors: white, orange, red, magenta, salmon.
“In place of the brush and other typical painter's tools, Clough uses an instrument he calls the ‘Big Finger,’ a large balloon-like contraption that he invented to spread poured house enamel on masonite into broad gestural constellations.” (Max Henry, “charles clough,” http://www.artnet.com/magazine_pre2000/reviews/henry/henry2-5-99.asp)