We’re pleased to announce a collaboration with the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow, The Lonka Project: Numbered, an exhibition comprising more than 60 portraits of Shoah survivors.
Our work with the museum began more than two years ago and it’s deeply rewarding to see the exhibition come together despite many challenges. We’d like to offer our warmest thanks to the more than 600 survivors and photographers that brought this project to life.
The Lonka Project dates back to 2018 when, following the death of Holocaust survivor Dr. Eleonora “Lonka” Nass, her daughter Rina realised how little she knew of her mother’s experience of the Nazi concentration camps. Rina and her husband, Jim Hollander, both photojournalists reporting on the Middle East, decided to launch an initiative to preserve Holocaust survivors’ stories: they asked their fellow professional photographers to produce portraits of survivors. The international photography community responded with enthusiasm.
The exhibition will include works by photographers Alec Soth, Gilles Peress and Kim Ludbrook (among others) and is co-curated by our own Anna-Patricia Kahn, in partnership with Nina Gomiashvili, independent curator; and Liya Chechik, curator at the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center. At the heart of the works they have selected is an emotional dialogue between photographer and survivor: “We are the last generation with a unique opportunity to bring together various perspectives from adjacent epochs, and relive the personal memories of Holocaust survivors.”
From 17 February to 15 May 2022 at the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, Obraztsova Str., 11, build. 1A, Moscow. Vernissage 17 February.
Image credit: Veronica Phillips by Kim Ludbrook, 2019