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Ukraine Series

Johanna Diehl

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ISBN 10: 3944874358 / ISBN 13: 9783944874357
Published by Sieveking Verlag Okt 2015, 2015
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Neuware - German artist Johanna Diehl traveled around present-day Ukraine in 2013 and visited former synagogues that had fallen into disrepair or been converted to other uses. Many of them had been destroyed during the German occupation, while others had been used as cinemas, gymnasiums, workshops, factories, and hospitals during the Soviet era. The photographs testify to the expulsion of Jewish communities from their religious spaces. Diehl shows not only how bizarre and disfiguring the new functions of the synagogues are, but also the violence with which they were sometimes imposed. In an art-historical text Bernhard Maaz describes the ambivalent beauty and sadness exuded by the unpeopled photographs, in which the literary miniatures by Yuri Andrukhovych resonate like an echo. 160 pp. Englisch. Bookseller Inventory # 9783944874357

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Title: Ukraine Series

Publisher: Sieveking Verlag Okt 2015

Publication Date: 2015

Binding: Buch

Book Condition:Neu

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  • Abused, obliterated, destroyed: stunning photographs of Synagogues in the Ukraine
  • Accompanies a major exhibition in Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, from October 28, 2015, to March 6, 2016

Ukraine Series by Johanna Diehl shows sensitive, yet unsparing photographs of former synagogues in the territory of what is now Ukraine. Partially destroyed during the German occupation, the buildings were completely repurposed during the Soviet era: as auto repair shops, vinegar factories, clinics, cinemas, sewing workshops, gymnasiums, or KGB prisons. The structures plainly spell out the inconsiderate demonstrations of power exercised by one ideology or another over the synagogue as a religious, cultural space.

Sometimes, a bricked-up Torah niche, or a historical ceiling mural peeping out from beneath a crumbling coat of paint hint at the richly religious life that blossomed in these spaces for centuries. The photographs, taken with a large-format camera, are enriched by very personal literary texts by Juri Andruchovytch, Ukraine's most renowned author today. Since childhood, he has been familiar with many of the sites Diehl visited.

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Johanna Diehl, born in 1977, lives and works in Berlin. Her works are shown in solo and group exhibitions around the world and can be found in both private and public collections. She is the recipient of numerous awards and grants. Juri Andruchovytch, born in 1960 in Ivano-Frankivsk, in western Ukraine, is a novelist, poet, essayist, and translator. He is considered one of Ukraine's most important contemporary authors and is among the leading intellectual voices of his country. He was awarded the Hannah Arendt Prize in 2014.

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