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Yossi Lemel: Last Chasid Of Radomsko

An exhibition of poster art from the Israeli graphic designer and TPT 2018 judge which maps and visualizes a search of the author for his ancestors, Chasidic Jews from Radomsko (Poland)

Trnava Poster Triennial 2018 exhibition.

Exhibition author and title: Yossi Lemel: Last Chasid Of Radomsko
Venue: Jan Koniarek Gallery in Trnava, Synagogue Towers - Center of Contemporary Art, Halenárska 2, Trnava
Curator: Filip Krutek
Opening of the exhibition: September 13, 2018 (Thur) at 6.00 pm
Duration: September 13, 2018 (Thu) – November 25, 2018 (Sun)

Duration of the exhibition is extended to February 3, 2019.


Josef Asher Zelig Garfinkel was born in 1889 in the town Szydłów in Southern Poland. His parents Yehuda Leib and Maria Basia Garfinkel were part of the Radomsko Hassidic court, which had its center in the city Radomsko – about 150 kilometers west of Szydłów. The Radomsko Hassidic court starded at the beginning of the 19th century and at its peak was one of the three biggest and most influential in Poland. Josef married Jocheved Bajtner. After the first world war, they followed the Grand Rabbi of Radomsko when he moved his court west to the town of Sosnowiec. They built their home in the adjacent town Bedzin, where they raised their ten childeren. Between the twor world wars, Josef became a rabbi at the Radomsko court. To make a living, he ran a gabersdashery. When the Second World War broke out in 1939, they tried to survive the rash German measures, deportation, hunger and the ghetto. But in the summer of 1943, Josef and his family were sent to the Auschwitz extermination camp. His daughter Batia survived the Holocaust and emigrated to Israel. 70 years later, her son, the artist Yossi Lemel, named after his grandfather, goes on a journey following Josefs footsteps, exploring the Radomsko Hassidic movement to which his grandfather belonged. Dressed in the classic Hassidic style, and sporting a white bread, he goes on a journey of self-exploration, to the find the roots of the destroyed Radomsko court. He brings the court and the Grand Rabbi back to life symbolically through the prayers, rituals and tradition. The journey highlights the Hassidic way of life, its custom and religious studies. Starting at Josef´shome town Szydłów, the pilgrimage leads to the grafe of the founder of the Radomsko Hassidic movemet, the Rand Rabbi Solomon Rabinowicz. It passes through the deserted synagogues in the city of Będzin nad ends by studying the teachings of the grand rabbi, back in Bnei Brak, Israel. Yossi Lemel impersonates the last grand rabbi and his followers ta the same time, in different locations in Poland with digital technology.


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