A Key to the City:  Three Ways of Visualizing Jewish Heritage in Lviv

A Key to the City: Three Ways of Visualizing Jewish Heritage in Lviv

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May - September, 2018

Exhibition Hall, Center for Urban History

When history is remembered through art, it is never forgotten. The exhibition by Rachel Stevens contains three projects that explore different elements of Lviv's Jewish heritage.

A Key to the City, is 75 glass replicas of synagogue keys resting on a black table. The use of glass evokes both the luminous quality of life and the murder of Jews at Piaski – "The Sands" – at the Janowska Camp. The artwork reminds us that Janowska was liquidated 75 years ago. In spite of these losses, Jewish heritage and renewal still exist in Lviv and greater former Galicia.

Underworld: Holocaust Survival in the Sewers of Lviv, is storytelling that reveals how the Chiger family and other Jews survived by hiding in Lviv's sewers for over a year. Leopold Socha, a Polish sewer worker, risked his life for people he did not know. This dramatic story unfolded below the cobblestones of some of Lviv's most historic sites, as well as explores the relationship between visible and hidden worlds.

100 Jewish Sites in Lviv, is an interactive map that reveals a landscape that was mostly lost by Jewish citizens. A Lvivian named Borys Orach compiled this geographic treasure and this digital map project celebrates his life and love of buildings that embody Jewish history. The digital map and database invite the public to add their memories of Borys Orach and their insights into the city's Jewish cultural history.

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Rachel Stevens

is a sculptor and Professor of Art from New Mexico State University in the United States. She is living in Ukraine as a Fulbright Scholar.

This exhibition takes place as part of the program "Lwów, לעמבערג‎, Львів, Lemberg, Lviv’43: The City that did (not) Survive." It is a series of memorial activities to commemorate the 75th anniversary of liquidation of the ghetto and Janowska concentration camp in Lviv. Throughout March-November, 2018, the city will host lectures, exhibitions, and memorial concerts. The program is running with support of Lviv City Council, and in partnership with research, museum, and cultural organization of the city, such as the Memorial Museum of Totalitarian Regimes "Territory of Terror," Center for Urban History of East Central Europe, Charity Fund Hesed-Arje, Lviv Organ and Chamber Music Hall, "Collegium Musicum" Music Agency, Jewish Studies Program at UCU, Charity fund B'ney B'rit "Leopolis" named after Emil Domberger.

This exhibition was made possible by Fulbright Ukraine, The Council for International Exchange of Scholars and The Center for Urban History of East Central Europe

Thanking the following scholars and artists:
Keys to the City
Taras Dzyndra, Glass Keys
Bohdan Prokhasko, Wooden Boxes
Andrii Linik, Lighting

Underworld:  Holocaust Survival in the Sewers of Lviv
Conceived in Collaboration with Jack Wright
Andrii Linik, Graphic Design
Lavrin Shymin, Graphic Design
Kristine Chiger Keren and Marian Keren, Consultants
David Lee Preston, Consultant
Andriy Usach, Consultant

100 Jewish Places: In Memory of Borys Orach
Jack Wright, Geographer
Taras Nazaruk, "Lviv Interactive" Project Leader
Galyna Gavrylina, Co-Author of texts
Olha Lidovska, Consultant
Sergei Kravtsov, Academic Editor
Oleksandr Tyron, Assistant

Exhibition Design, Andrii Linik

Translator, Andriy Masliukh
Editor, Natalia Bahniuk

Advisors and Assistants: Sofia Dyak, Iryna Matsevko, Taras Nazaruk, Marla and Jay Osborn, Adele Dianova, Vita Susak, Oleksandr Makhanets, Maryana Mazurak, Oksana Malanchuk, Peter Bejger, Nina Fontana, Olena Turianska, Katie and Scott Kleiner, Solomija Buk, Jack Wright, Lviv National Academy of Art, the Team at the Center for Urban History.


Cover Image: The installation "Keys to the City"

Image Gallery by Iryna Sereda