North American premiere of exhibition opens on October 15, 2016 at The FHM
October 10, 2016 [St. Petersburg, FL] — The Florida Holocaust Museum is pleased to present the North American premiere of Matzevot for Everyday Use by Łukasz Baksik. This exhibition features photographs taken in Poland by Polish photographer Łukasz Baksik to document the ways in which Jewish gravestones have been stolen and re-appropriated. The matzevot are now parts of fences, pavements, and grindstones. Even today, the matzevot continue to be used in cases where ordinary stone, of which there is no shortage, could be used.
The photographer Łukasz Baksik wished to illuminate the lengths that “people have gone to wipe out traces of Jewish culture” and to start a dialogue about how people can live in the midst of relics of antisemitism, ignoring their shared history with a community that is no longer there, “My role is to document what happened and to raise awareness, start a discussion. But every person who sees my photographs is also co-responsible for what is going on and should ask himself or herself a question: “What have I done to change this?””
The opening reception will take place on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. and is free to members of The Florida Holocaust Museum and $9 per person for guests. Attendees will meet with the photographer Łukasz Baksik and enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres. Please RSVP by calling 727.820.0100, extension 271.
The photographer Łukasz Baksik will be available to speak with the media on Friday, October 14, 2016 and Saturday, October 15, 2016. For media inquiries, please contact The FHM by calling 727.820.0100, extension 242.
Matzevot for Everyday Use by Łukasz Baksik opens to the public on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at The Florida Holocaust Museum. The Florida Holocaust Museum is located at 55 5th Street S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
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This exhibition was made possible through the generous sponsorship of the Gemunder Family Foundation, with additional support from the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties.
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