From Buenos Aires to Warsaw
Florencia Levy, an artist from Argentina, intends – as a part of the project which shall take place at the POLIN Museum between June 8 and June 28 – to “reconstruct” on film the memories of Polish Jews who fled the country during World War II. In order to achieve this goal, she has conducted numerous interviews among the members of her community in her home town of Buenos Aires. She interviewed not only emigrants, but also their children and grandchildren. By doing so, she wants to ascertain how traditions and memories are passed down between generations. In addition, she also wants to learn how these traditions and memories are adapted to new living conditions.
During her stay in Poland, Florencia Levy will attempt to place the memories and images she brings from Argentina on the map of contemporary Warsaw. In addition, she also wants to invite members of the Jewish community of the Polish capital to engage in a form of dialogue with those images and memories as well as to participate in the project itself. We would like to invite everyone who wants to speak to the camera about their everyday lives to participate in this initiative. The final outcome of this project will be a film in which two viewpoints and two experiences of the city will be confronted: the viewpoint of the modern Jewish community in Warsaw and the viewpoint of those who have left and never returned, yet who continue to cherish their memories of Warsaw as something vivid and valuable.
Everyone who is interested in participating in the project should e-mail us at: [email protected]
Florencia Levy – Graduate of the Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design in London and the National Institute of Arts in Buenos Aires. She participated in artist-in-residence programmes of institutions such as Taipei Artist Village, Batiscafo Residency in Havana, Gyeonggi Creation Center in South Korea and Sapporo Artist in Residency. Her works were exhibited, among others, at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires and at the Museum of Modern Art in Moscow.
You can find out more about the project “Open Museum – Education in Action” under the following link.
The activity “Open Museum – Education in Action” is carried out within the project “Jewish Cultural Heritage”, component “Faces of Diversity”. Supported from the Norway and EEA Grants by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.