September 29, 2014 [St. Petersburg, FL] — The Florida Holocaust Museum today revealed plans for The Memory Project, a multi-media exhibit opening October 11th and running through December 28th, 2014.
The installation interweaves the story of a survivor’s brother, lost during the Holocaust, with paintings of him by her daughters. Nine portraits sit adjacent to the videos, enabling viewers to shift back and forth from the perspective of witness to audience. Larger-scale portraits and wall panels continue the excavation of a highly visual, historical and emotional journey of loss, trauma and transformation.
“The Memory Project provides an approach to dealing with the enormity of the loss of human life during the Holocaust and forces us to remember that among the one million children who died were individuals like Kalman,” said Erin Blankenship, Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at the Museum.
The Memory Project brings participants inside the creative process and into the memories of a Holocaust survivor. It began with artist Roz Jacobs and her mother Anna sharing the story of Anna’s mischievous younger brother, Kalman. It’s developed into an internationally-recognized project addressing universal themes of loss, love and resilience. The Memory Project includes traveling museum exhibits, educational programs and documentary films.
Jacobs is a New York City painter whose work is exhibited in galleries and museums around the world. Her film projects include the award-winning Finding Kalman. Her book, Finding Kalman: A Boy in Six Million, co-written with her mother Anna Jacobs and published in 2013, will be released as an e-book in Fall 2014. The daughter of Holocaust survivors, she conceived of The Memory Project as a way to connect to the humanity and life force of family members and others murdered during the Holocaust.
Attend the The Memory Project‘s Opening Reception on Saturday, October 11th at 7 p.m. during the Second Saturday ArtWalk at the Florida Holocaust Museum. Dessert will be served along with a screening of the award-winning film Finding Kalman followed by a talk-back with Roz Jacobs and video director Laurie Weisman. The event is free for FHM Members, and $9 for general admission. RSVPs are required by calling 727.820.0100, Ext. 271.
About the Florida Holocaust Museum
The Florida Holocaust Museum honors the memory of millions of innocent men, women and children who suffered or died in the Holocaust. The Museum is dedicated to teaching members of all races and cultures the inherent worth and dignity of human life in order to prevent future genocides.