Bartek Lis, MWW’s public programme curator, will guide us through the exhibition.

Many of the pieces shown at the first (Dresden) and second (Wrocław) version of the „Vot ken you mach?“ exhibition refer to the complicated relations between the past and the present, and also – to the future, which seems understandable in the context of the history of Europe as such, and Poland and Germany in particular. The thematic focuses include strategies of identity shifts in pop culture, new scenes of Jewish culture in Eastern Europe, family secrets and the silence between generations, remembrance as obligation, the unwritten cultural history of Jewish revenge and the search for a ‘normal’ Jewish everyday life.

The title of the exhibition, „Vot ken you mach?“, has been taken from a popular song by Aaron Lebedeff (1873–1960), a chorister born in Belarus who emigrated to the USA in the 1920s and quickly became a star of Jewish vaudeville. At the time, the song written in Anglicized Yiddish gave a linguistic form to the observation that identities are in a state of flux between different descents, the past and the future, thus corresponding with our present-day notion of identity as a constellation of potentialities.

Entry to the exhibition tour is free. We look forward to welcoming you!

Project in cooperation with the Kunstahus Dresden funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Ost deutsche Sparkassenstiftung

Co-financed by the Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation