In the tension between bearing witness to atrocity, and profiting from remembrance, Daniel Scott Tysdal’s text and photographic work Dear Adolf probes into the act of memorialization in the twenty-first century. Weaving thirty photographs taken in Saskatchewan in the summer of 2011 into startling bare prose, Dear Adolf follows the reconstructed voice of Alma Forge, the heir to a twenty-first century Holocaust themed amusement park. As contact with history becomes increasingly removed, Dear Adolf questions the cultural currency of trauma, and what it means to preserve history’s darkest moments in a post-millennium world.
Daniel Scott Tysdal is the author of Predicting the Next Big Advertising Breakthrough Using a Potentially Dangerous Method (Coteau Books, 2006), and The Mourner’s Book of Albums (Tightrope Books, 2010). He received the Anne Szumigalski Poetry Award in 2006, followed by the ReLit Award for Poetry in 2007. He currently teaches creative writing and English literature at the University of Toronto Scarborough.