Report for the project “Art and the Holocaust: Reflections for the Common Future”
Activities, venues and participants numbers
1. Preparatory activity. Riga, Latvia, Riga Jewish Community, 25 January 2019. 10 persons from 4 partnering countries. Partners meeting, getting to know each other, discussion of the events, activities, schedule, sharing responsibilities and roles, going into details of the upcoming activities.
2. Symposium. Riga, Latvia, Riga Jewish Community. 2 and 3 July 2019. 160 persons, 10 countries, including 4 partnering countries. 25 presentations in 2 days, discussions, meetings. The topics addressed were both theoretical and practical, covering the pre-Holocaust Jewish art, the fate of the artists and their works, the depiction of Holocaust by the Jewish and non-Jewish artists, by the Holocaust survivors, as well as art, created in the places of imprisonment. Also the issue of impact of Holocaust on the artists was discussed. The recording of the presentations are available here https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDUlUOE1e4Sc3HRcAWQq8oLRuc9aKXb5_. The symposium was an important and unique event in the country and in whole Europe. It made a big impact on the direct participants, as well as indirect – those who did not participate at the event but watched the videos later. The purpose to raise up the important discussion about the topic that is still partly tabooed or muted was reached. Basing on the symposiums presentations, the collection of articles is published electronically.
3. Youth forum “COMMEMORATIVE ART IN CENTRAL AND EAST CENTRAL EUROPE: PUBLIC AND PERSONAL APPROACHES” Rostock, Germany, University of Rostock. 6 -8 September 2019. Three days of the forum, 42 participants (mainly students, young professionals – young museum workers, artists, art historians, general historians; qualified lecturers and facilitators; participants and staff from Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Germany). The forum was focused on Holocaust monuments and memorials. The forum programme included lectures, workshops, tours, discussions.
4. Youth forum “HOLOCAUST AND ART: DIVERSITY OF GENERAL VS. SITE-SPECIFIC EXPERIENCES” Kaunas, Lithuania. 13-15 December 2019. Organized by the partners in Lithuania. The forum programme included lectures, workshops, tours, discussions. Three days of the forum, 38 participants (mainly students, young professionals – young museum workers, artists, art historians, general historians; qualified lecturers and facilitators; participants and staff from Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Germany). During the forum the virtual exhibition “Riga Ghetto in the Drawings by Alexandra Beļcova” was presented and opened.
5. Unveiling of the art exhibition “Jewish artists in pre-war Latvia and Europe: introduction”. 21 July 2020, Riga, Latvia. The exhibition was open till 2 August 2020. Direct participants – 95. There were tours organized at the exhibition, guided by the curators, filmed and available at YouTube. Indirect participants (visitors of the exhibition, views of the tour on Youtube) – about 500. The exhibition recreated a row of international exhibitions of Jewish artists, held in Riga in 1938/1939, that featured artists from all over Europe.
6. Unveiling of the art exhibition “Jewish artists in pre-war Latvia and Europe: introduction” in Siauliai, Lithuania, 5 September 2020, Haim Frenkel Villa, museum “Aušros”, organized by the project partners from Lithuania. The exhibition was on display till 31 October 2020. Direct number of participants – 68. Indirect participants – 1240.