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An exhibition and online resource in response to Debora Vogel and her hometown of Lviv, a microcosm of Europe’s turbulent 20th century.
An exhibition and online resource in response to Debora Vogel and her hometown of Lviv, a microcosm of Europe’s turbulent 20th century.
An exhibition and online resource in response to Debora Vogel and her hometown of Lviv, a microcosm of Europe’s turbulent 20th century.
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Fragments of Memory: a multimedia project in and about Lviv

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THE PROJECT

Over the past year, together with musician and composer Olesya Zdorovetska, I have been on a journey to discover Debora Vogel, an overlooked intellectual, writer, art critic - the Gertrude Stein of inter-war Lviv. We walked the places Vogel inhabited, exhibited and wrote about. We met people who survived the war and went on living, or were born long after and reconnected with the vanished world. We encountered the story of the former Lviv Jewish museum, a derelict building presently at risk.

The work that resulted from this voyage is concerned with the presence and absence of people, with a discontinuous perception of poetic and physical spaces, with personal stories pointing to Lemberg/Lwow/Lviv for present and future generations.

Former  Lviv Jewish museum at 12 Sholem Aleichem Street (former Bernstein)
Former  Lviv Jewish museum at 12 Sholem Aleichem Street (former Bernstein)

 

Museum of Ethnography, one of five Lviv State Museums that deposits Goldstein’s collection from the former Jewish Museum dissolved in 1940
Museum of Ethnography, one of five Lviv State Museums that deposits Goldstein’s collection from the former Jewish Museum dissolved in 1940

 

Back yard of Debora Vogel last house in Lviv in Lesna street
Back yard of Debora Vogel last house in Lviv in Lesna street

 

The balcony in Debora Vogel last house in Lesna street overlooking Kaiserwald Forest
The balcony in Debora Vogel last house in Lesna street overlooking Kaiserwald Forest

 

Birds in the space between the former Jewish hospital and the Jewish cemetery dated back to 1414  (one of the oldest in Europe), destroyed first by German occupants and then by the Soviet authorities, now Krakivsky market
Birds in the space between the former Jewish hospital and the Jewish cemetery dated back to 1414 (one of the oldest in Europe), destroyed first by German occupants and then by the Soviet authorities, now Krakivsky market

 

“Although the core of Lviv's urban fabric has survived virtually intact in spite of its bitter experience in World War II, the continuity of its social fabric has been lost, and with it the system of signs and symbols that formed its identity. In this sense it has also lost part of its memory, and this fact is a significant feature of the phenomenon of contemporary Lviv.” (Jacek Purchla, Director of International Cultural Centre in Krakow, Poland) 

OUR AIM

- to raise awareness of the 19th century building of the former Jewish Museum presently at risk.

- to create an immersive audience experience through an audio-visual and text installation exploring the imagery of contemporary Lviv, the writings of Vogel and her artistic circles, and the voices of Lviv residents in Polish, Russian, Yiddish and Ukrainian.

- to curate and perform a live performance and a public discussion on the culture and dynamics of memory, Debora Vogel and the role of Lviv in the history of Ukraine and Europe.

- to develop a dedicated website documenting the exhibition and with additional project material in English, Polish, Russian, Ukrainian, Yiddish available to researchers, artists and the general public anywhere in the world.

WHEN AND WHERE 

The exhibition will be hosted by the Lviv Museum of Ideas from September 14 - October 8, 2017.

The exhibition launch on September 14 will feature a live performance in response to the poetry of Debora Vogel by Mark Tokar and Olesya Zdorovetska, two of the leading improvisers of their generation in Ukraine, followed by a public discussion chaired by Iryna Starovoyt.

Once the exhibition and the accompanying events are completed, we will continue to work on the website and provide you with updates, behind the scene video clips, photographs and quotes, and of course everything to do with the rewards.

FUNDING

The purpose of this crowdfunding campaign is to fund the production of the exhibition in Lviv Museum of Ideas in Autumn 2017. All money raised will go towards the exhibition costs – renting the exhibition space, hiring of equipment, translations, printing of exhibition material (photographs and text), marketing (postcards, flyers, poster and exhibition brochure design/print).

Any extra funds raised will help to further develop the online resource.

 

Risks and challenges

We are working together on the organization and the communication around the exhibition to make it a success: producing artwork, preparing live performance for the exhibition launch on September 14, and a public discussion on September 18, designing postcards, flyers, exhibition poster and brochure.

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    Vocal or photography lesson

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