Parallel Traces A new lens on Jewish Heritage Fri, 28 Aug 2020 15:05:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Parallel Traces 32 32 An interview with Stefanie Thomas Fri, 28 Aug 2020 15:05:14 +0000 Stefanie Thomas, Head of Strategy and Projects at CUMEDIAE and one of Parallel Traces’ coordinators, had the chance to discuss the project in a recent interview on ArtDependence, an international magazine covering all spheres of art.

The article explores CUMEDIAE’s vision and currents projects, highlighting its role in supporting the cultural and creative industry – in particular during the challenging times that we are experiencing.

Parallel Traces discovers, rethinks and raises awareness about the European Jewish Heritage as an integral part of European history through innovative ways of interaction.”

An aim that has been followed through lots of activities: an open call for artists, a traveling exhibition, an immersive app and, in response to the COVID-19 crisis, the online campaign #MyParallelTraces. This has given the possibility to discover and share glimpses of jewish heritage while waiting for the project’s next activities.

Curious about what’s been discussed in the article? Read it here!

Parallel Traces extended to 2021! Thu, 20 Aug 2020 13:20:20 +0000 We are thrilled to announce that Parallel Traces has been extended until the beginning of 2021!

In the last few months the world faced an unprecedented emergency that impacted everybody’s life and plans. Parallel Traces wasn’t immune to this, but that didn’t stop us! This moment created an interesting occasion to rethink our activities and create new ways to promote Jewish Heritage all around Europe. In April we launched the #MyParallelTraces campaign, collecting dozens of beautiful pictures and reflections capturing the essence of our project. We were very happy to see such an active and engaged community, sharing personal insights and contributing to a new outlook on the Jewish urban landscape.

Our journey is still on, and we can’t wait to show you what’s next! Stay with us to keep exploring the world of our artists, travel around our partner cities, discover new fantastic exhibitions and as always, rediscover traces of Jewish Heritage around Europe. We have a lot in store for you!

Una nova mirada al patrimoni jueu: a conversation with Victor and Rosa Wed, 22 Jul 2020 15:28:36 +0000 Victor Sorenssen, Parallel Traces project manager, and Rosa Juanco, artistic director, resume the story and the contents of our project in a brief talk.

Jewish Culture has a long, millennial history: as Rosa and Victor explain, the purpose of the project is to promote this heritage directly to the local community, in order to strenghten the connections with the story and the values of these sites. Rosa gives also an insight on our past exhibitions and on the  artworks created by the guest artists. She explains their creative process and the relation with their cities.

Curious? Check the video and our online gallery to have a virtual experience of the exhibitions. If you’re close to Girona, you still have the opportunity to see the exhibition at the Museum of Jewish History of Girona until December!

#MyParallelTraces, today and tomorrow Fri, 17 Jul 2020 15:40:17 +0000 It’s been three months since we launched #MyParallelTraces and we couldn’t be happier with the results! Thank you all for having enlightened these difficult times with your precious pieces of history.

Even with the temporary suspension of the exhibitions, we have had the opportunity to remember and get to know places, moments and stories thanks to your participation. Since April, when we launched #MyParallelTraces campaign, we have received dozens of your digital postcards, each with a picture of Jewish Heritage and a story or a personal reflection.

Atskuri (Georgia), Jewish cemetery.

You gave us the opportunity to see neighborhoods and synagogues, houses and ancient cemeteries: all traces of a vast heritage, tangible and intangible, spread through the whole Europe, from Barcelona to Vittorio Veneto, from Wrocław to Kotor.

Every place has a different story to tell: some postcards mention grandparents and other relatives, others quote poetry or religious texts, others yet are strictly related to the historical context, from old traditions to dramatic events.

Barcelona, Sant Felip Neri Square.


Thanks to you #MyParallelTraces has become a big collective gallery that we would love to see further grow: check the pictures and keep sending your postcards here!




#MyParallelTraces New Campaign Fri, 24 Apr 2020 13:56:51 +0000 Parallel Traces, in collaboration with Jewish Heritage Europe, has decided to launch the new #MyParallelTraces campaign !

During this difficult time, where exhibitions and museums are closed, we want to continue explore the Jewish Heritage sites around Europe in a very original and interactive way.

#MyParallelTraces is an interactive platform where you can share your digital postcards of Jewish Heritage sites that are closed to your heart by filling in a form with a short description and a personal reflection about the site. All your pictures will be published on our website as a gallery and the best ones also on social media!

It is very easy to participate! Please visit our #MyParallelTraces website for all the information on how to participate to the new campaign.


We stand together for Jewish Heritage! Tue, 14 Apr 2020 14:32:12 +0000 The world today is facing a new and challenging situation. The spread of Covid-19 forced us to rethink our daily lives and change our habits and plans all of a sudden. Culture is not immune to this: the closure of cultural spaces and the cancellation of many events are severely impacting the sector.

To guarantee everybody’s safety and to comply with regulations in place, Parallel Traces too made the decision to postpone its planned exhibitions. But Parallel Traces will continue supporting and promoting Jewish Heritage around EU, as always and more!

While you #StayHome, discover our past exhibitions and explore the artworks created by our Guest Artists and contest winners. And you still haven’t tried the Parallel Traces App? It’s free and easy to use! Through our innovative application you are guided around Girona, Wroclaw, Belgrade, Sighet and Tbilisi with an interactive map to continue discovering Jewish Heritage even from home.

Keep following us, much more is about to come!

New year and new Parallel Traces’ exhibition – is the time of Belgrade! Tue, 04 Feb 2020 10:03:15 +0000

The new year brings good news for Parallel Traces!

On February 6th, at 19:00, join the opening of a new Parallel Traces’ exhibition in the city of Belgrade, organised with the support of Tačka komunikacije, our local partner from Belgrade.

The exhibition will show the photographic and audiovisual works of the Guest Artists and of the Parallel Traces competition winners. You will find yourself enjoying visual representations revealing the understanding and discovery of the Jewish Heritage in the urban environment. Through these artworks, we aim at rediscovering traces of Jewish cultural heritage in European urban landscape, in order to raise awareness about the contribution of Jewish history and heritage in Europe today.

Besides the exhibition, don’t miss the round table discussion with:

Our invitation goes not only to the vivid and active Jewish community of Belgrade, but also to everyone interested in Jewish Heritage, to art and cultural heritage lovers and to people eager to know more about Jewish Heritage.

We will be happy to welcome you at Kuća legata, Kneza Mihaila 46 (Belgrade, Serbia).

Take a chance to visit our exhibition, you can do so until February 27th!



Parallel Traces in Wroclaw: understanding Jewish heritage today through a new lens Fri, 08 Nov 2019 09:48:52 +0000 Yesterday November 7th, the exhibition of Parallel Traces in Wroclaw, Poland, was inaugurated in the fantastic space of the White Stork synagogue, center of the Bente Kahan Foundation, partner of the Parallel Traces project.


It has been a very special night, where we were able to share ideas and reflections, alongside the creative works of our artists. Bente Kahan, CEO of the foundation, has presented before a large and enthusiastic audience the round table, formed by Daniel Grunfeld and Agnieszka Traczewska (guest artists), Ewa Rossano and Witja Frank (winners of the Parallel Traces contest), together with Rosa Juanco (Parallel Traces artistic director). The discussion covered different topics as the interpretation of heritage, the connection between Jewish heritage and audio-visual art, and above all, of the traces, here and there. A dialogue between artists, between cities, between different ways of working and understanding Jewish heritage today through a new lens. The artists have shared their approach in their work, creating a revealing and significant dialogue within the framework of Parallel Traces.


We want to thank Bente Kahan and Malgorzata Hucko for the fantastic work in the production of the exhibition, with the supervision of the curator Rosa Juanco. Thanks to their dedication, this project travels from city to city, with new forms, transforming itself, becoming a unique production, and above all, offering new content and reflections.




The Parallel Traces exhibition makes a new stop in Wroclaw! Mon, 21 Oct 2019 10:24:33 +0000 The month of November could not start better, and it is because our next Parallel traces event is coming!

The next exhibition “Parallel Traces: A new lens on Jewish Heritage”, will take place on November 7, 2019, at The White Stork Synagogue in Wrocław, Poland.

In this occasion, we can enjoy the participation of Rosa Juanco, Parallel Traces Artistic Director, who already attended the Girona event and some of guest artists and winners who will be his first time in the round table:

  • Agnieszka Traczewska (Guest Artist – Wroclaw, Poland)
  • Daniel Gruenfeld (Guest Artist – Sighet, Romania)
  • Ewa Rossano (Parallel Traces Contest 2nd prize: Category From Now: Presence at Present)
  • Witja Frank (Parallel Traces Contest 1st prize: Category From the Past: Pictures with History)
  • Rosa Juanco (Parallel Traces Artistic Director)

Join us at at 6:00 p.m at Pawła Włodkowica 7, 50-072 Wrocław!

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Parallel Traces in Girona: thank you! Wed, 09 Oct 2019 09:42:57 +0000

On October 1st, 2019, the first Parallel Traces collective travelling exhibition “Parallel Traces: A new lens on Jewish Heritage” was presented in Girona, at the Museum of Jewish History of Girona!

We want to thank all the people who made it possible for the event to be a success. Besides, we would like to recognize the fantastic works of our Guest Artists and their contribution for an inspiring round table, where we were able to learn and discuss on this fascinating and huge issue that is Jewish heritage in Europe.

Check out what happened through the pictures of our artist Nikola Radić Lucati:


See you in Wroclaw!