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Poland and Palestine: Two Lands and Two Skies @ The Contemporary Jewish Museum

Ze’ev Aleksandrowicz, Jewish friends in the centre of Kraków, the mid-1920s, 1932–1936. Photograph, 17 9/10 x 17 9/10 in.

Ze’ev Aleksandrowicz, Jewish friends in the centre of Kraków, the mid-1920s, 1932–1936. Photograph, 17 9/10 x 17 9/10 in.

Poland and Palestine: Two Lands and Two Skies
Feb 26 through May 24, 2015

The images paint a powerful picture by showing their subjects, Polish Jews, in two distinct cultural contexts—in the streets of their home city and in distant Palestine. In turn, the photographs become the starting point for telling stories about the relationship between those two worlds, full of contrasts and contradictions. The exhibition also illustrates the highly personal journey of Aleksandrowicz between two essential capitals of Jewish culture in the twentieth century, with a focus on the vibrancy of Kraków, once known as the “Paris of the North,” and the rapidly-changing land that would soon become the State of Israel.

The Contemporary Jewish Museum
736 Mission Street (between Third & Fourth streets), San Francisco, CA.


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