Dates: Online currently. In gallery June 25 – July 14, 2013
Exhibition Opening Event: June 30, 2013, 12:00 p.m.
Souvenir, Talisman, Toy: Jews for Hearth and Home is an exhibit and intercultural dialogue project that seeks to understand and debate the popularity and meanings of Polish-made figurines depicting Jews. The goal of this project is to showcase the long history and variety of cultural, religious, economic and political influences on the figurines, and to foster dialogue among those who hold different perspectives on their meaning.
The website, www.jewishfigs.pl, is a trilingual (English, Polish, Hebrew), participatory site where the public can document and upload their own figurines and share in the dialogue. The bilingual (English, Polish) museum exhibit, featuring over 100 Polish Jewish figurines,will sponsor interactive activities during the city’s 23rd annual Jewish Culture Festival from June 30 – July 14.
The project is affiliated with CEREV, Concordia University’s Centre for Ethnographic Research and Exhibition in the Aftermath of Violence (cerev.concordia.ca). Other project partners and patrons include the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, the Jewish Community Center of
Krakow, and Galicia Jewish Museum, Krakow.
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