Jewish Vilna and Beyond: Contemporary Art and Historical Memory
Pleased to share that tomorrow, April 28, at 7pm Dor Zlekha Levy will present his exhibition "Shomer" in a public discussion about collective memory, Jewish heritage, and the current presence (or absence) of traumatic histories in contemporary art at Vilnius Contemporary Art Center. Join the live broadcast of the event by clicking the link in bio 👆🏻
In his exhibition Shomer, Dor Zlekha Levy created a multilayered projection and sound installation that dismantled and reassembled the Magen Avraham synagogue in the Abu Jamil quarter of Beirut. The starting point was a photo from 1975 showing two gun-toting, masked men, standing in front of the synagogue. They were PLO militias, who during the Lebanese civil war guarded the synagogue and the Jewish community. Since then, the synagogue was bombed in the 1980's by the IDF during the Lebanon war and stood abandoned and destroyed for more than 20 years. Only recently it was rebuilt and restored with funding from the Jewish community in the diaspora and the support of the Lebanese government and Hezbollah. Shomer was on view at hamidrashagallery
This interesting event is organized by cacvilnius Contemporary Art lithuanian_culture_institute and anumuseum Photo: Hila Ido
Honored to share that dorzlekhalevy will be participating in an event that responds to a series of works by Lithuanian artist Eglé Ridikaité and focuses on different layers of collective #memory, Jewish #heritage, and its place in contemporary art.
Zlekha Levy will present #Shomer ,a project of his that culminated in a solo exhibition by the same name, and regards the past and present of the Magen Avraham synagogue in Beirut. Join the #live #facebook broadcast tomorrow, April 28, 7pm hosted by cacvilnius . For more info visit the link in #bio
Also happening now for the artist is the installation of his work #umbra at hansen_house within the exhibition “Wind Mind” curated by m.a.bezalel on view through June 5, 2021 #checkitout
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Jewish water carrier is slowly walking from house to house bringing joy to the neighborhood residents. Water is everything. No water no life.
Water carrier is as poor as people around, even worse, his job is very little paid. Very little. Usually he walks slowly slowly, he is tired and bored. He watches at his feet thinking about his daughter and blind wife. Sometimes he finds coins. Well not sometimes, he actually earns another salary collecting coins from the ground.
But that was not the story of this water carrier. This water carrier is looking up and counting stars!
"...As, on the old synagogue, a frozen water carrier,
Small beard tilted, stands counting the stars"
From the poem VILNIUS (1926) by Moyshe Kulbak
This beautuful sculpture by Romualdas Kvintas has been recently launched in the old town of Vilnius. We will visit it and hear more water carrier stories on our Jewish Vilna tour and Litvak tour with litvak.shtetls and zydiskasisvilnius
Can't wait until we can travel again!
🍋Old Jewish water carrier at the Jewish quarter in Vilnius in 1917 (photo from the archive)
🍏Moyshe Kulbak - famous Yiddish poet who lived and worked in Vilnius for some time. Tragic fate, unfortunatelly
🍊HASIDIC EASTERN EUROPEAN JEWISH SHETL WATER CARRIER by Simon Karczmar (1903-1982)