Letters to Afar: Oct 22, 2014 - Mar 22, 2015
Co-presented by the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.
Letters to Afar is an immersive video art installation based on home movies made by New York City’s Jewish immigrants who traveled back to visit Poland during the 1920s and 30s. The films document poignant family reunions and everyday life in small towns in the years before the Second World War, capturing a culture on the brink.
The installation was created by Hungarian artist Péter Forgács, under a commission by the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. With a haunting soundtrack by the New York-based band The Klezmatics, these “letters” bring to life a lost world in startling and moving detail.
This exhibition was made possible with the generous support of the Seedlings Foundation and the Kronhill Pletka Foundation and the Righteous Persons Foundation.