“We Must Take Sides” Elie Wiesel, Eternal Wisdom series



We Must Take Sides
by Ben Killen

This unambiguous new work from the artist’s series of ‘Eternal Wisdom’ mixed- media Quote Portraits, centers upon the visage of Elie Wiesel—forever encapsulated in photographic form by David Shankbone. In addition to the photo, this piece is inspired by Wiesel’s everlasting words…

“We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”

These inspirational words give the piece an intrinsic voice and are incorporated utilizing digital technology called a QR code and a Zappar zap-code. In order to unlock all the full experience of this piece, scan these codes with your smartphone camera. You may need to download the Zappar app to unlock all multimedia features. If your camera app does not recognize the QR codes automatically, you can download a QR app like ‘QR Code Reader’ or ‘Bakodo’ freely available on the app store.

Original photograph, on reverse, by David Shankbone, at the Time 100 Gala, April 24 MMXII.