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Marta Kotlarska on Thu, 12 May 2011 20:39:42 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime-ann> private view invitation - Jewish - Polish project




I hope you are well.


Please feel invited to the private view of the Locomotive project  at  Belsize Square Synagogue. The address of the Synagogue is: 51 Belsize Square, London, NW3 4HX. The private view will take place on 16 of May 2011 between 7-9pm.   


The pinhole photography exhibition takes place at the Belsize Square Synagogue in London on the 14th April - 17th May 2011. It is a retrospective selection of works produced during the Locomotive project by Click Academy in which artists Marta Kotlarska, Olga Głazik and Anna Udowicka collaborated with young Polish and Jewish people living in London. 


The Locomotive project was dedicated to commemorate and celebrate common Polish and Jewish heritage. The history of the Jews in Poland dates back over a millennium. Poland was home to the largest and most significant Jewish community in Europe and served as the centre for their culture, starting from a long period of religious tolerance and prosperity among the country's Jewish population. The Jewish cultural scene was particularly vibrant in pre-World War II Poland with numerous Jewish publications and over 116 periodicals. The Jewish authors of the period, among them Julian Tuwim, made important contributions to Polish literature and in Poland, generations of children have read the classic Tuwim's children's poem "Locomotive".


The Polish and Jewish young people worked together and created illustrations to a children's poem, Locomotive by Polish-Jewish writer, Julian Tuwim, with illustrations inspired by the Chanukah celebration using the  technique of pinhole photography. The exhibition will also reveal a new project that Click Academy is working on which is based on the notion of the moving image. To arrange to see the exhibition contact the Synagogue office at 0207 794 39 49. The Synagogue is open between Monday and Thursday between 10-4pm and on Fridays 10-2pm. The address of the Synagogue is: 51 Belsize Square, London, NW3 4HX. The private view will take place on 16 of May 2011 between 7-9pm during which the synagogue will open its doors to all public visitors.   


The exhibition was financially supported by Polish Cultural Institute. The illustrations were kindly printed by AdDesign Studio in London.


Belsize Square Synagogue was founded in 1939 by a group of refugees from Central Europe mainly from Germany. It is an independent synagogue - neither orthodox nor reform and it occupy its own place in British Jewry.  Traditional yet modern, its story after 70 remarkable years is still unfolding.



Akademia Pstryk / Click Academy (www.ClickAcademy.co.uk) is an art group using pinhole photography as a means of social change through empowering communities. Since 2004 we have been working with young people from ethnic minority groups, to address the issues they face.


With my very best wishes

Marta Kotlarska 




Marta Kotlarska


mkotlarska {AT} clickacademy.co.uk

tel +44 778 981 33 78


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