"Behind-the-scenes" moments and press clips, etc. from The Lonka Project.
Today we dismantled The Lonka Project exhibition in Safra Square, Jerusalem ending an eight-month show open to the public. It began on Israel's Yom HaShoah, April 8, 2021 and came down today, December 8, 2021. The square looks quite empty now.
Click video below to play a short session in the studio of Mika Gurovich making photo portraits of Holocaust survivor Danka Lustiger, born inside the Warsaw Ghetto in 1940. She was smuggled out from the ghetto and hidden by a Polish caretaker. She came to Israel in 1957 with her family after being liberated by the Russian near Krakow. In 1961, she married Yitzhak Iz'o Lustiger, a cousin of the Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustier who served for 24 years as Archbishop of Paris.
Video by Galit Gurovich in Tel Aviv. July 2021
Click the following link to view a video (1:30 minutes) of the portrait of Holocaust survivor Peggy Parnass made by photographer Axel Martens in Berlin, Germany, which has been vandalized five times since it went on view in April 2021.
Click this link for a Time Lapse video of hanging a portrait in Safra Square, Jerusalem in April 2021. Length 1 minute.
Marissa Roth (USA) portrait of Dorothy Bohm, made i n London in 2019, being placed above a list of all the Holocaust survivors and photographers who participated in The Lonka Project since its inception in February 2019. Special thanks go out to the crew of Artadmin who did the hanging of the Safra Square exhibition.
Holocaust survivor Abba Naor, at age 92, in a homage video produced by the US Navy Europe as the US naval forces play the Israeli national anthem, "Hativka" (Hope). Naor spent four years in the Dachau concentration camp and was liberated by US army soldiers. The video was made in 2020 during the Covid-19 lockdown period. We entered a portrait of Abba Naor into The Lonka Project in November 2022, made by photographer Michael Shubitz.
Video Courtesy US Navy Europe
To view the Visa Pour L'image presentation of The Lonka Project collection of Holocaust survivors' portraits please scroll down a bit until you come to a large, red VISA logo. Click the play button and the video with sound should begin playing via YouTube. This is the video we tried presenting during the TOLI Zoom talk on January 26, 2022, marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day, when we had some problems. This version is in a higher resolution so it is sharper. Many thanks and appreciation to Visa Pour L'image for letting us show their video of their presentation which appeared on September 1, 2020, during their renowned, international photographic festival. And thanks to the hundreds of viewers who attended the TOLI Zoom talk on Holocaust education.
A link to a video put out by the presidents of Israel, Germany and the European Council marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27, 2021. It is 76 years since the liberation of the Auschwitz extermination and concentration camp. The video is made from clips and still photos from 18 photographs on exhibit in the President's Residence (Beit HaNasi) in Jerusalem, seen in the photo above (courtesy Beit HaNasi). At the same time a major exhibit opens in the Willy-Brandt Haus in Berlin showing some 104 large photographs from The Lonka Project. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic the exhibition is currently on "online" form, but well worth a visit. So nicely executed - in both German and English. The exhibit will be on until April 11, 2021, so hopefully viewers will be able to visit in person as soon as Covid is more under control. Stay Safe & Be Well. And thanks you to all who put this video together from all of us at The Lonka Project.
Visa Pour L'Image 2020 Perpignan included The Lonka Project in its "virtual screenings" on September 1, 2020. The video is no longer available on their website but we have permission to show it here. Many thanks and great appreciation to the whole crew at Visa for this screening, and especially to Thomas Bart for his editing and production of the material. It is shown in the same format as the live screening, ie: 24 X 8 meters. Please click below to play. It runs 4 minutes.