From Near and Far Away. Dissenting Receptions of Jewish Warsaw - an exhibition
The 4th edition of the Jerusalem Biennale, an initiative that combines the world of contemporary art with Jewish themes, begins on 10 October. This year’s edition, attended by approximately two hundred artists from fifteen countries, is titled “For Heaven’s Sake!”. The exhibitions will be held at twelve locations across Jerusalem.
11 October - 28 November 2019, Hebrew Union College, Jerozolima
The exhibition titled From Near and Far Away. Dissenting Receptions of Jewish Warsaw will be displayed as part of the Jerusalem Biennale. It comprises a selection of works by artists who participated in the artist-in-residence scheme at POLIN Museum. The exhibition presents diverse artistic approaches to the subject of Warsaw’s Jewish heritage.
Warsaw is treated literally at times, with references to its multicultural history and both pre- and postwar geography. At other times, it becomes a metonymy of Poland as a whole—the country from where ancestors of many Jews hailed and which remains a vital point of reference for a large part of the Jewish diaspora.
Works by artists from Poland, Israel, Czech Republic, Turkey, the Netherlands, Argentina, Brazil, Canada and Germany use different media to explore a variety of perspectives on the issue of Jewish identity, on presence and absence, and on the traces that Jews had left on the Warsaw/Polish collective memory and on the Polish contemporary reality. Diverse interpretations and viewpoints that stem from micro-histories provoke universal questions which step far beyond the local context.
The exhibition features artworks or project documentations by the following artists: Luísa Nóbrega, Eliane Esther Bots, Tamara Moyzes and Shlomi Yaffe, Jasmine Bakalarz, Itay Ziv, Hubert Czerepok, Florencia Levy, Aslı Çavusoglu and CENTRALA: Simone De Iacobis and Małgorzata Kuciewicz, Lukas Ligeti, Maya Schweizer, Hagar Cygler, Patrycja Orzechowska
Curator: Ewa Chomicka, cooperation: Magda Konopka