september, 2015

24sep10:00- 12:30Workshops 2Erica Lehrer, Paulina Fiejdasz, Curating Memories in Conflict: Exhibiting and Filming Poland’s Jewish Figurines10:00 - 12:30 ul. Targowa 50/52, 03-733 WarszawaTHE WARSAW’S PRAGA MUSEUM Event TagsErica Lehrer,Paulina Fiejdasz

Event Details

Curating Memories in Conflict: exhibiting and filming Poland’s Jewish figurines

American Anthropologist Erica Lehrer will discuss a participatory exhibition of Polish-made figurines depicting Jews that she curated in Kraków’s Seweryn Udziela Ethnographic Museum in summer 2013. The exhibit grew out of research for her book Jewish Poland Revisited: Heritage Tourism in Unquiet Places (Indiana U. Press 2013), and resulted in the edited catalog Lucky Jews: Poland’s Jewish Figurines/Na szczęście to Żyd: Polskie Figurki Żydów (Ha!art 2014) and the website In the broadest terms, the exhibition took up the question of how to deal with painfully disputed subject matter: How can one productively exhibit objects whose existence or the meanings one community promotes are deeply objectionable to another community? Lehrer will discuss Poland’s Jewish figurines as “intersectional objects” that both bind and divide communities, and suggest their potential as catalysts for critical memory work that transcends the terms of today’s defensive public debate about Poland’s Jewish past. She will be joined by Polish film director Paulina Fiejdasz, who will discuss the films she made both for and about Lehrer’s exhibition, including Żyd na Szczęście (A Jew for Luck), which was shown on TV Krakow in 2014. This project case study will give insight into the investments, challenges, and rewards of this kind of extended, participatory public scholarship project, combining transnational intercultural research, collaboration with individuals and institutions, and working in multiple media (exhibition, film, internet crowd-sourcing, popular and academic book publishing) and disciplines (ethnography, curating, filmmaking). Both the theoretical underpinnings and the practical challenges of the project will be discussed.

Żyd na Szczęście (A Jew for Luck), dir. Paulina Fiejdasz, Adam Uryniak, 25 min


prof. Erica Leher

prof. Erica Leher

Erica Lehrer, Associate Professor, Concordia University, Montreal

She is a socio cultural anthropologist and curator. She is currently Associate Professor in the departments of History and Sociology Anthropology at Concordia University, Montreal, where she also holds a Canada Research Chair, and is the Founding Director of the Centre for Ethnographic Research and Exhibition in the Aftermath of Violence (CEREV). She is the author of Jewish Poland Revisited: Heritage Tourism in Unquiet Places (Indiana University Press 2013), and co editor of Curating Difficult Knowledge: Violent Pasts in Public Places (Palgrave-Macmillan 2010), Jewish Space in Contemporary Poland (Indiana University Press, forthcoming), and Curatorial Dreams: Critics Imagine Exhibitions (McGill-Queens, forthcoming). In summer 2013 she curated the exhibit Souvenir, Talisman, Toy at the Seweryn Udziela Ethnographic Museum in Krakow, and in 2014 published the accompanying book Lucky Jews and the online exhibit


Paulina Fiejdasz

Paulina Fiejdasz

Paulina Fiejdasz, filmmaker and journalist

She is a filmmaker and journalist. She earned a Master of Arts in Television Production and Documentary Cinematography from The Leon Schiller National Higher School of Film, Television and Theatre; in Political Science and Journalism from Jagiellonian University; Bachelor of Arts in Jewish Culture from Jagiellonian University and a Postgraduate Certificate in Film Direction from Krakow School of Film and Audiovisual Communication. She has almost 10 years of experience in Journalism and Filmmaking. She has worked in Polish and international productions, among them: Kunthapura (Bollywood production), Dracula in 3D (Indian/ UK coproduction), Here I learnt to love (Israeli production), Znikniecie, Double Life. Since 2012 she has been writing and directing documentary TV series Shalom Poland for Polish National Television. In 2014 she directed documentary film A Jew for Luck.



(Thursday) 10:00 - 12:30



ul. Targowa 50/52, 03-733 Warszawa


Instytucją współpracującą przy organizacji warsztatów jest Muzeum Warszawskiej Pragi