Програма академiчних обмiнiв iменi Фулбрайта в Українi

31 травня 2018

A TALK "A Key to the City: Three Ways of Visualizing Jewish Heritage in Lviv" by U.S. Sculptor and Fulbright Scholar Rachel Stevens

A TALK  "A Key to the City:  Three Ways of Visualizing Jewish Heritage in Lviv"  by U.S. Sculptor and Fulbright Scholar Rachel Stevens

The Fulbright Program in Ukraine is pleased to invite you to a TALK "A Key to the City:  Three Ways of Visualizing Jewish Heritage in Lviv" by U.S. Fulbright Scholar 2017-2018 Rachel Stevens, to be held on Thursday, May 31, 2018, 6:00 p.m., at the Fulbright Office (20 Esplanadna Street, Suite 904, M "Palats Sportu", Kyiv).

Rachel Stevens will discuss her search for remnants of Jewish culture in Lviv and the creative projects that resulted from her quest.

At the onset of her research she explored ruined synagogues and Jewish cemeteries, but her Fulbright experience was transformed by three unexpected discoveries:  a rusted synagogue key, a remarkable story of survival, and a map of Jewish sites in Lviv.

Rachel will discuss her creative process and three artworks that were inspired by those discoveries.  Each project was created in collaboration with Ukrainian artists and scholars.  U.S. geographer Jack Wright provided cartographic advice and creative writing.  These works are being exhibited at her host institution, the Center for Urban History of East Central Europe, from May 24 - August 24, 2018.

The title of the exhibition, A Key to the City, refers to the custom of presenting a symbolic key to an honored person.  This gift conveys the message:  "The city welcomes you - this is your place - you belong."   For Jews, this healing ceremony never happened.   The exhibition draws emotional power from this truth while revealing Lviv's Jewish heritage that often remains hidden to residents and visitors.

In the title piece of the exhibition, seventy-five clear glass replicas of synagogue keys rest on a glass table that is lit from below.  The use of glass evokes both the luminous quality of life and the murder of Jews at Piaski - "The Sands" - at the Janowska Camp.  The artwork reminds us that Janowska was liquidated 75 years ago.  In spite of these losses, Jewish heritage and renewal still exist in Lviv and greater Eastern Galicia.

A photographic installation entitled UnderworldHolocaust Survival in the Sewers of Lviv, explores how the Chiger family and other Jews survived the Holocaust by hiding in Lviv's sewers for over a year.  Leopold Socha, a Polish Catholic sewer worker, risked his life for people he did not know.  This dramatic story unfolded below the cobblestones of some of Lviv's most historic sites.  The installation also explores the relationship between visible and hidden worlds.

In 100 Jewish Sites in Lviv, an interactive map reveals a landscape that was mostly lost by Jewish citizens.  It shows that Lviv was once a tri-cultural city of Ukrainians, Poles, and Jews.  A Lvivian named Borys Orach compiled this geographic treasure and this digital map project will celebrate his life and love of buildings that embody Jewish history.  The digital map and database will invite the public to add their memories of Borys and additional insights into the city's Jewish cultural history.

Rachel Stevens is a sculptor and Professor of Art from New Mexico State University in the United States.  She received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and her MFA from Syracuse University.  She was a Fulbright Scholar in Nepal in 2006, during which time she collaborated with Buddhist icon makers.  Rachel exhibits her work internationally.  In addition to making art, Rachel has a passion for vernacular architecture.  She spent more than 10 years restoring an adobe house in southern New Mexico.  Her roots are in Galicia.  Rachel's mother's family was from Ternopil Oblast and Lviv.

This talk will be conducted in English. Registration for the event.






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