Christian Boltanski’s The Whispers, is a sound installation sited at four benches on The Leas, originally commissioned for the Folkestone Triennial 2008. The sound is triggered when visitors sit down. The voices you hear are reading letters to and from servicemen of the First World War. Having passed through Folkestone on their way to the battle-fields in France and Belgium, the town became a poignant site for the soldiers in these personal and intimate reflections on love and separation in the midst of war. The letters were presented to the Folkestone Triennial 2008 by the people of Folkestone and were read to participants by the people of Folkestone.
Christian Boltanski works with the ephemera of the human experience, dealing with questions of death, memory, and loss. Known for a body of work that may be considered an archive of our social, cultural, ethnic, and personal histories, Boltanski is one of France’s most widely exhibited living artists.
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