Artist-Led Exhibition Tour
Combining contemporary photography and archival research, this original exhibition takes visitors on a journey across Poland with young Warsaw-based artists and Judaica designers, Helena Czernek and Aleksander Prugar. Visitors will receive a behind-the-scenes look at their remarkable project to locate and preserve traces of mezuzot still found on doorposts of homes, gateways and apartments across Poland. They cast a bronze mezuzah from a mold made out of the space left behind by the mezuzah that once hung there. They create meaningful, beautiful Jewish ritual objects for today’s home while commemorating Jewish homes abandoned during the Holocaust. To date, Helena and Aleksander have visited over 70 cities and towns, extending their journeys into Ukraine, Belarus and Romania. The exhibition highlights a handful of the more than one hundred mezuzot they have created under the banner of their company, MI POLIN. Discover MI POLIN’ssurprising and inspiring story of making Jewish art in Poland today.
MI POLIN (Hebrew for “From Poland”) is the first Judaica company in Poland since the Second World War. MI POLIN is run by Helena Czernek, an accomplished artist, and Aleksander Prugar, an award-winning photojournalist. Their work is featured in prominent museum collections including the Jewish Museum (New York). With funding from the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, MI POLIN will be developing programs in public schools related to their signature project, Mezuzah From This Home. They speak regularly in Poland and abroad about their art and about Jewish life in Poland today. For details, please visit: holocaustcentre.com/mi-polin.
Co-presented by the Miles Nadal JCC, FENTSTER and the Neuberger.
Made possible by the Kultura Collective of UJA Federation of Greater Toronto.