Matzevot for Everyday Use
On display October 15, 2016 – January 29, 2017
The Florida Holocaust Museum is pleased to present the North American premiere of Matzevot for Everyday Use by Łukasz Baksik. This exhibition features photographs taken in Poland by Polish photographer Łukasz Baksik to document the ways in which Jewish gravestones have been stolen and re-appropriated. The matzevot are now parts of fences, pavements, and grindstones. Even today, the matzevot continue to be used in cases where ordinary stone, of which there is no shortage, could be used.
The photographer wishes to illuminate the lengths that “people have gone to wipe out traces of Jewish culture” and to start a dialogue about how people can live in the midst of relics of antisemitism, ignoring their shared history with a community that is no longer there. The showing of Matzevot for Everyday Use at The Florida Holocaust Museum will be the North American premiere of the exhibition.
This exhibition is made possible through the generous sponsorship of the Gemunder Family Foundation, with additional support from the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties.
For an exhibition study guide for educators, click here.