Golden Rose

Golden Rose

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July 15 - December 31, 2015

Near City Arsenal (Staroievreiska str. 37-39)

As part of the commemoration project "The Space of Synagogues: Jewish History, Common Heritage and Responsibility"  The Golden Rose exhibition by photographer Jason Francisco is installed.

It is a visual and textual meditation on time, loss, and memory in connection with the site of once one of Europe's most famous synagogues. When Francisco came to the ruins of the Golden Rose for the first time, he was struck by the contrast between the synagogue's multi-century history and the empty space behind a crude metal fence he saw. The exhibition invites viewers to look behind it and reflect together on the present, past and future of this place.

In his project implemented in 2014, the photographer combines large-format photography, drawing, and writing. The black and white photographs show the building's present, while the chalk drawings depict imagined vision of the synagogue before the war. The project holds a contradiction between the perceived and real Golden Rose. The Mourner, a character that appears in the essay, speaks the voice of the author as well as of the destroyed community that used to live here.