September 07, 2017

Presentation of my new film Birobidzhan Atlas as part of the exhibition Birobidzhan,
13th International Festival of Jewish Culture and Art, opening on September 7th, 2017.

Venue: The State Philharmonic of the Jewish Autonomous Oblast, Birobidzhan
Concept: Simon Mraz
Exhibition dates: 8th September – 8th October 2017
Opening in Birobidzhan: 7th September 2017
Presentation of the project in Moscow: 26th September 2017,
Jewish Museum and Tolerance Centre

Ekaterina Anokhina (Russia)
Tatiana Efrussi (Russia)
Anton Ginzburg (USA)
Nir Evron and Omer Krieger (Israel)
Yevgeniy Fiks (Russia/USA) with Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss (Serbia/USA) and Seo Hee Lee (South Korea)
Yuri Palmin (Russia)
Ekaterina Shapiro-Obermair (Austria)
Haim Sokol (Russia/Israel)
Anna Titova (Russia)

Curatorial consultants:
Matti Bunzl (Director of the Vienna Museum)
Vladimir Grusman (Director of the Russian Ethnographic Museum Saint Petersburg)
Margarita Sokolovskaya and Vladimir Nadein (Moscow International Experimental Film Festival)
Valery Gurevich (JAO Heritage, Society for the Study of the Cultural and Historical Heritage of the Jewish Autonomous Oblast)
Danielle Spera (Director of the Jewish Museum Vienna)

Project organizers:
Government of the Jewish Autonomous Oblast
Federal Chancellery of the Republic of Austria
Austrian Cultural Forum Moscow
Embassy of Israel in the Russian Federation
Birobidzan Regional Philharmonic
Birobidzan Jewish Community Centre Freud
Russian Ethnographic Museum Saint Petersburg
The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Centre Moscow
Jewish Museum Vienna
Vienna Museum
Moscow International Experimental Film Festival

Founded by the Soviet government in 1934, the Jewish Autonomous Oblast became an official self-determined Jewish entity long before the establishment of the State of Israel. The “Birobidzhan” exhibition project is the first international artistic study of the cultural history and contemporary situation of the Jewish Autonomous Oblast and its centre – the city of Birobidzhan. Artists from Austria, Israel, the United States and Russia visited Birobidzhan to acquaint themselves with the JAO, its past and its stories, and, based on their impressions, have created the works featuring in this exhibition project.

The exhibition forms part of the official programme of the 13th International Festival of Jewish Culture and Art, as well as the celebrations marking the 500th anniversary of the diplomatic mission of the first Austrian envoy to Muscovy, Sigismund von Herberstein.