On 7th of September 2017 the “Birobidzhan” exhibition project opened at Birobidzhan Regional Philharmonic. Artists from Austria, Israel, the United States and Russia visited Birobidzhan to acquaint themselves with the Jewish Autonomous Oblast, its past and its stories, and, based on their impressions, have created the works featuring in this exhibition project.
The artistic study of the Russian Federation’s Jewish Autonomous Oblast formed part of the official programme of the 13th International Festival of Jewish Culture and Art, as well as the celebrations marking the 500th anniversary of the diplomatic mission of the first Austrian envoy to Muscovy, Sigismund von Herberstein.
Simon Mraz, director of Austrian Cultural Forum Moscow, project organizer:
The artistic study of the Russian Federation’s Jewish Autonomous Oblast is one of the main cultural projects of the Austrian Cultural Forum during Austrian-Russian year of tourism. This is the first serious exhibition under Austrian lead in the Russian Far East for quite some years and for sure the most international we have ever run.
The wild and stunning history of the Jewish Autonomous Oblast is marked by believers, by hardship of people coming from many different countries. Participating artists that have visited Birobidzhan, were reading, learning, getting a feeling of the place that one cannot understand by statistics how Jewish people could live there. The created artworks mirror the very different approaches of the artists and often their individual background.
As the organizer I should say that Birobidzhan is a place where people in charge are ready to risk and do something new. I want to thank everybody who made this possible - every artist, our Institutional partners in Birobidzhan, St.Petersburg, Moscow, Vienna, the Austrian Federal Chancellery, the Embassy of Israel and our sponsors, throughout Raiffeisen bank for all the efforts and trust. Thanks to all writing, sharing and talking about our project. Thanks to you we spread what has been created.
The presentation of the “Birobidzhan” exhibition project in Moscow will take place at the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Centre on September 25 at 19:00 (11 Obraztsova St., build. 1A, Moscow).
Images for press and exhibition photos are available here: https://goo.gl/H3MckZ
Project Facebbok page: https://www.facebook.com/Биробиджан-Birobidzhan-323274021456044
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROJECT
Venue: Birobidzhan Regional Philharmonic
Concept: Simon Mraz
Exhibition dates: 8th September – 8th October 2017
Ekaterina Anokhina (Russia)
Tatiana Efrussi (Russia)
Anton Ginzburg (USA)
Nir Evron and Omer Krieger (Israel)
Yevgeniy Fiks (Russia/USA), Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss (Serbia/USA), Seo Hee Lee (South Korea)
Leopold Kessler (Austria)
Yuri Palmin (Russia)
Ekaterina Shapiro-Obermair (Austria)
Haim Sokol (Russia/Israel)
Matti Bunzl (Director of the Vienna Museum),
Vladimir Grusman (Director of the Russian Ethnographic Museum Saint Petersburg)
Margarita Sokolovskaya and Vladimir Nadein (Moscow International Experimental Film Festival)
Valery Gurevich (JAO Heritage, Society for the Study of the Cultural and Historical Heritage of the Jewish Autonomous Oblast)
Danielle Spera (Director of the Jewish Museum Vienna)
Government of the Jewish Autonomous Oblast
Federal Chancellery of the Republic of Austria
Austrian Cultural Forum Moscow
Embassy of the State of Israel in the Russian Federation
Birobidzhan Regional Philharmonic
Society for the Study of the Cultural and Historical Heritage of the Jewish Autonomous Oblast
Birobidzhan Jewish Community Centre Freud
Russian Ethnographic Museum St. Petersburg
The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Centre Moscow
Jewish Museum Vienna
Moscow International Experimental Film Festival