Souvenir, Talisman, Toy

The Etnographic Museum in Krakow
Esterka's House
25 June - 14 July 2013

Souvenir, Talisman, Toy is an exhibit and intercultural dialogue project that seeks to understand the popularity and meanings of Polish-made figurines depicting Jews, from the perspectives of those who own, sell, make, or otherwise encounter them.
May a souvenir be a memorial? How may an object hurt, and how might a heal? And can an exhibition ask questions rather than give answers?

This experimental exibition seeks to understand the popularity and meaning of Polish-made figurines depicting Jews, from the perspectives of those who own, sell, make, or otherwise encounter them. The exhibition will present objects from multiple collection from Poland and abroad, and ask visitors to share their own knowledge, experiences, and questions.
During the exibit, visitors may bring their own figurines to the museum to be photographed, or may visit our participatory website jewishfigs.pl to submit images and comments.
Curator: Erica Lehrer, Canada Research Chair and Associate Professor in History and Sociology/Anthropology
Partner: Concordia University
Hosted by: The Etnographic Museum in Krakow
The exhibition is presented in the frame of 23rd Jewish Culture Festival in Kraków