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Two Sisters Exhibition 6 January 2004

On Saturday 17th January, Manx National Heritage starts its 2004 exhibition programme with the thought provoking photographic exhibition 'Two Sisters' at the Manx Museum. German-Canadian artist, Julia Winckler explores the very different wartime memories and experiences of two sisters, the artist's grandmother Viktoria and her great aunt, Martha. Whilst Viktoria lived and worked in Berlin, Martha was interned as an enemy alien on the Isle of Man during the Second World War.

The 'Two Sisters' photographic exhibition provides a visual record of the physical and emotional journey of rediscovery that Julia Winckler has undertaken in Berlin, London and the Isle of Man to piece together Viktoria and Martha's stories and lives from surviving photographs and object and talks with her grandmother.

Yvonne Cresswell, Curator of Social History at Manx National Heritage said:

"The Two Sisters exhibition is a fascinating example of something that we all do - we look at old family photographs, at a few family treasures and heirlooms that survive, things that have little financial value but are priceless in terms of family memories. We remember the stories about our families that we were told when we were young - and then we try to imagine what life was really like for the people in those photographs - lives that were as rich and varied as our own.

Julia Winckler has taken that fascination with our personal history and the lives of our families and has succeeded in recreating and rediscovering the lives of two sisters from her own family and bringing them out of the faint shadows of the past into the 21st century."

On Friday 16th January there will be a public lecture by Julia Winckler at the Manx Museum at 7.30pm, explaining the work and inspiration behind the exhibition and discussing the personal journey that she made to create it. For visitors who would like discover more about the stories and history behind the Two Sisters exhibition, there will also be a seminar entitled Living with the Wire - A Female Perspective on Saturday 17th January beginning at 10am. This will include be a gallery tour of the exhibition by the artist, Julia Winckler, together with talks on the subject of Female Civilian Internment in Britain and on the Isle of Man during the Second World War by Dr Charmian Brinson and Yvonne Cresswell.

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