The Florida Holocaust Museum is pleased to present the North American premiere of Matzevot for Everyday Use by Łukasz Baksik. This exhibition will feature 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 wished 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.
The opening reception will take place on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. and is free to members of The Florida Holocaust Museum and $9 per person for guests. Attendees will meet with the photographer Łukasz Baksik and enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres. Please RSVP by calling 727.820.0100, extension 271.
Matzevot for Everyday Use by Łukasz Baksik opens to the public on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at The Florida Holocaust Museum. The Florida Holocaust Museum is located at 55 5th Street S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.