September 10 – December 6, 2015
Koppelman Family Gallery
Serendipity lead the Canadian-Slovakian photographer Yuri
Dojc a decade ago to an abandoned Jewish school in eastern Slovakia, where time
had stood still since the day in 1942, when all those attending it were deported
to the concentration camps, primarily Auschwitz.
Its other contents were still there—untouched---books and notebooks with
corrections on desks and shelves, reports, birth certificates, accounting
ledgers, even sugar still in the kitchen cupboard… all decaying on dusty
shelves, the final witnesses to a once thriving culture.
Dojc treats the abandoned, disintegrating books like the
survivors they each are -- every one photographed like a portrait, preserved in
its decrepit, poignant beauty.
Together with British media producer Katya Krausova and a
documentary film team, Dojc traveled across Slovakia and found dozens of similar
Jewish schools, synagogues, cemeteries, and concentration camp survivors.
Last Folio (an exhibition, film, and book) charts this personal
journey in cultural memory and reflects on the universal losses of the
Throughout 2015 Last
Folio is part of international commemorations of the 70th anniversary of the
end of World War II; it has appeared at the United Nations in New York, the
National Library of Germany in Berlin, the Mark Rothko Museum in Latvia, the New
Museum of Tolerance in Moscow, and at Tufts.