PRESENCE AT PRESENT
1st place: Josep Maria Oliveras
2nd place: Ewa Rossano
FROM THE PAST:
PICTURES WITH HISTORY
1st place: Witja Frank
2nd place: Tsotne Tsereteli
THE PARALLEL TRACES CONTEST
Thank you to everybody who participated in the Parallel Traces photography and audiovisual contest!
The winning artworks will soon be shared online, and starting from October will travel around Europe in the context of the Parallel Traces exhibitions!
What is the Parallel Traces Contest?
The Parallel Traces Contest contest is a photography and audiovisual competition focusing on visual representations from an out of ordinary point of view of whatever remains of Jewish Heritage in the urban tissue of the participating cities: Girona, Wroclaw, Tbilisi, Sighet and Belgrade.
The proposal for the artists was to capture the essence of the contemporary traces left by Jewish citizens in the selected participant countries.
The Parallel Traces competition focuses on architecture and urbanism, regarding the Jewish Heritage in order:
- To generate a contemporary artwork in digital format
- To showcase common elements that bring closer together citizens with Jewish and non-Jewish descent and culture
- To show that Jewish culture is part of our common home Europe and the traces belonging to a Jewish past are still alive in our everyday way of living
- To better understand the past
Art Director at CUMEDIAE
Director of the European Association for the
Preservation and Promotion of Jewish Culture and Heritage
In 1989, during the Soviet regime established the first mission of WUJS in the capital of Georgia, Tbilisi and after that in other countries of the Soviet Union. In 1989, he was elected as the first representative of the Jewish Agency in the Soviet Union and established first international official representation center in the Soviet Socialist Republic of Georgia. Until 1992 Itsik Moshe served as the head of the Jewish Agency Representation Centers in South Caucasus and Central Asia. In 1995 achieved the highest professional role and became the director of the central mission of Jewish Agency located in Moscow. This office supervised all other representation centers and representatives in the CIS. Since 1996 serves as President of the Israel-Georgia Chamber of Business – the organization which has already become the main bridge between the countries in the fields of culture, business and public relations. In 2012, expressed his protest in media and criticized publicly the decision N67/19 of the United Nations General Assembly, where Georgia, along with 138 countries, voted in favor of the Palestinian side. After this decision, the idea of opening of Hasbara campaign has been created. In 2013 he founded Israeli House, which represents the organization of Israeli Hasbara in the Former Soviet Union and aims to strengthen the links between the friendly states. At the same time, he is the Chairman of the Association of Friends of the Museum of Prehistory located in the Upper Galilee and invited the member of the Knesset Lobby for the Promotion of a Solution for the Israeli-Arab Conflict.
In 2017 a cooperation between Israeli House, the Ministry of Culture of Georgia and the AEPJ – The European Association of Jewish Heritage was launched regarding the promoting of Jewish Heritage in Georgia. Including establishing the European Routes of Jewish Heritage in Georgia and conducting every year the EDJC – European Days of Jewish Culture events.
Chairman of Israeli House
The production company “Teater Dybbuk – Oslo” was founded by her in 1990, with the aim to present European Jewish culture and history through theatre and music.
Numerous dramas, concerts and CDs were produced, and Bente performed for many years internationally with musicians from Norway, Poland, Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands, using archival material as well as her own written texts and compositions.
Bente moved with her family to Wrocław , Poland, In 2001, and in 2005 she created the Center for Jewish Culture and Education in the city’s synagogue, the White Stork Synagogue (1829). The following year she established the Bente Kahan Foundation, which became responsible for the culture center and the restoration of the synagogue (completed in 2010), the “shul”,(little synagogue, 2015), the “mikveh” , ritual bath, and additional space for the Center in the synagogue’s basement (2017/2018).
As a director of Wroclaw’s Center for Jewish Culture and Education, she has produced exhibitions and concerts, as well as theatre plays, many of them written and directed by her and performed by Polish artists. The historic synagogue in Wroclaw, serves today as a prestigious cultural venue with events focused on tolerance and diversity, such as the annual
“Days of Mutual Respect” initiated by Bente at the inception of the center.
Bente Kahan is still requested to perform internationally as a singer with her wide repertoire linked to the European Jewish experience.
Chairperson in the Bente Kahan Foundation
Director of the Center for Jewish Culture and Education in Wroclaw
Program Coordinator at Tarbut Foundation
Programme Manager of Tačka Komunikacije
In 1987 she began working for the city of Girona in the development of the ancient historic Jewish Quarter. She was named director of the Patronat Call de Girona in 1992, a position she is still currently exercising. The Patronat manages the Bonastruc ça Porta Centre, the Museum of Jewish History and the Nahmanides Institute for Jewish Studies.
From 1995 to 2016 she has been working as General Secretary of the network Red de Juderias de España, a public association funded by several Spanish municipalities, running programs to preserve, promote and disseminate their historic Jewish legacy.
She is a founding member of the AEPJ (European Association for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage) holding the responsibility of Secretary General since 2011. The AEPJ, based in Luxembourg, is developing as main projects the “European Day of Jewish Culture” and the “European Route of Jewish Heritage”, awarded Main Cultural Itinerary by the Council of Europe in 2005.
Assumpció Hosta Rebés
Director of Patronat Call de Girona
Graduated in Fine Arts from the University of Barcelona, since 2001 he established himself as a professional in the field of photography, dividing his time between teaching, his work as editor for Ediciones Anómalas and the production of personal artworks. His work – present in numerous public and private collections – is exhibited regularly in Spain and particularly in France. Among his most important exhibitions we highlight the following: Cartographies éparses in the Box Galerie (2019), Le temps éparpillé 1995-2015 (2015) in the Imagerie de Lannion and the Galerie VU (2015), Atles i altres cartografies (2013) at the Tagomago Gallery in Barcelona.
He has been invited in artist residencies on different occasions: in Diaphane for the project Voyage in pays du clermontois (2018), in Toulouse in Residence 1 + 2 (2017), in the Domaine de Kerguéhennec for the project La gravetat del lloc (2016), in Le Blanc for the project Le nom qui efface la couleur (2013), in the Carré d’Art for the project Térritoire d’Expériences (2012). His work is interpreted as an exploration of universes always originating from the spectrum of the emotional. For him photography is nothing else than trying to map a fictional space filled with open, mysterious and ambiguous meanings that diminish the rational experience and that suggest the most poetic character of the image. His work is represented by Galerie VU (Paris), Fifty Dots Gallery (Barcelona), Box Galerie (Brussels), Espace JB (Geneva) and Tosei Gallery (Tokyo).
For a few years now, her camera has been accompanying Hassidim arriving from all around the world the old Tzaddiks – spiritual leaders – graves. More, she penetrates hermetic circles of Jewish orthodoxy in Israel and United States portraying secretive, as often hidden from the Stranger’s eye, territory of everyday and ceremonies of people who devoted their life to the Torah.
Her strong Polish background creates phenomenon of seeking the „lost world”, traces of Jews who for centuries lived with Poles side by side with the tragic end of that close, national relationship which came with WW2.
The fact she is women, non-Jewish photographer, requires acceptance and flexibility of her orthodox characters what provides an additional flavor to her persistent quest.
In 2014, she received the National Geographic Traveler Photo Award for her work “First Time”. Author of over 20 monographic photo exhibitions displayed in The United Nation, NYC, Neve Shalom Istanbul, Polim Museum of Jewih History in WArsaw etc
“Despite our vast differences and cultural disparities, the side by side coexistence between Poles and Jews can be relived on a micro scale in my photographs. It is my sincere hope that by breaking my own stereotypes, I can inspire people from the world over to bridge gaps for a better and more unified socio cultural society.”
In 2012 won her first Production Grant from Open Society Foundation to Individual photographers from Centraal Asia, The South Caucasus, Afghanistan, Mongolia and Pakistan and in the same year attend the workshop with Thomas Dworzak (Magnum ),Yuri Kozirev (Noor) ,Adrian Kelterborn and Andrei Polikanov.
In 2013 was selected among world 12 best young photographers to attend World Press Photo ‘s Joop Swart Masterclass.
In 2014 was selected as one of 30 best women photographers under the age of 30.
In 2015 from PDN was named among 30 best emerging photographers to watch under the age of 30 and in the same year was finalist at Wallis Annenberg Prize.
In 2017 won European Union Prize for Journalism for Best Documentary photo.
Her Long term projects : “ I Am Georgia “, “My Place “ and “Frozen Waves“ was exhibited around the world.
Dina Oganova is an author of the first Georgian handmade limited edition (87) photo book “My Place”, which is in the personal collection of several museums, including the Metropolitan Museum in New York.
“TAKING PHOTOS WITH LOVE”
Dina Oganova (DIKARKA)
Nikola Radić Lucati, born 1971, has focused his recent work on the intersecting points of history, human rights and culture. His work is reacting to the patterns in the causalities of events as economic transactions that are forming the narrative structures, influencing the universality of projection of human rights and freedoms. The contexts of these transactions and their consequences are observed from the positions of a researcher, a witness and an analyst, attempting to influence their outcomes through the public application of findings in the media of photography, text and installation.
Among the recent projects are:
“Substitutive emigration” at the Remont gallery, Belgrade,
“Predictable Outcomes” on the architectural history of totalitarian ideologies, at “Europe. South East – Recorded Memories” at The Museum of Photography, Braunschweig,
“Basalt – during our absence” at the NBKM gallery, Belgrade,
“The Fever-numizmatic value“ at the “Vot Ken You Mach” exhibition at Kunsthaus Dresden,
“Rusalka” with Rafal Jakubowicz at UBSM gallery, Belgrade,
“Communal dwellings” at the Parobrod Culture Centre, Belgrade
”The Record” – on the masacre of Jews in Rakovica, with Milovan Pisarri at KC Grad, Belgrade,
“Das Seine – Forschungsprojekt” with Rafal Jakubowicz at Piekary gallery, Poznan
Nikola Radić Lucati