Bresloy

photography, digital print 150x90cm; 2015

Bresloy

Bresloy (ברעסלוי) is in Yiddish a historical name of Wroclaws’s Shtot. Shtot is a town where the majority of citizens were Jewish people and their language was Yiddish. The culture of shtettls perished during Holocaust. In my work, I am creating an alternative history of Wroclaws’s Shtot which, before the war, had the population of over 10,000 Jewish people. It is a photo-montage which attempts to present what could the contemporary city (in this case Wroclaw) look like, having preserved Shtot’s features. Shown places and architecture were composed from Wroclaw sights, however they were enriched by Jewish elements such as signs, names, boards in addition with anonymous citizens of Jewish origin.

Cycle “Bresloy” has been completed during workshop inspired by Yiddish culture and tradition, led by the Israeli-born artist Yoav Rossano. The workshop is part of the “Yidish far ale – Yiddish For All” The Bente Kahan Foundation project.