Hineni exhibition commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day 2014


Published Tuesday 04 February 2014


The Mayor of the Vale of Glamorgan Council, Cllr Margaret Wilkinson hosted an evening of commemoration at Art Central gallery in Barry for Holocaust Memorial Day 2014.


Hineni exhibition openingThe date of 27 January, Holocaust Memorial Day is recognised each year as it is the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.


The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust identified this year’s theme as ‘Journeys’ and Art Central explored this theme by presenting the ‘Hineni’ exhibition meaning ‘Here I am’ in Hebrew.


Colin Heyman, Hineni Project Manager said: “The Hineni project is not only about people’s  journeys of survival during the Holocaust but also how people develop their sense of identity and belonging. The exhibition shows the diversity of our community and a multiplicity of stories; from Welsh speaking Jews to taxi drivers, from anti-apartheid activists to football supporters.”


The large photographs allow you to look into the eyes of fifty-nine fascinating individuals and connect with their stories and life experiences.


Dr Glenn Jordan Hineni project photographer, said: “My work seeks to make critical interventions in pursuit of social justice. It is photography that cares. I want to contribute to a renewal of relationship, with the aid of the camera”.


This exhibition has already attracted a great number of visitors who have taken the opportunity to remember the millions of people caught up in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides in Rwanda, Cambodia, Bosnia and Darfur.


To close the event, Leader of the Vale Council Cllr Neil Moore read the ‘statement of commitment’ from the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. The statement includes a pledge to strengthen efforts to promote education and research about the Holocaust and other genocides.


Cllr Moore said: “Holocaust Memorial Day is a chance to remember the atrocities suffered by people all over the world and it is up to us to ensure the suffering is never repeated”.


The Hineni exhibition will be at Art Central Gallery King Square Barry CF63 4RW until Saturday 8 February, 10.00am to 4.00pm. It is suitable for all ages and entry is free.


The ‘Hineni’ book provides additional information on the exhibition and is available to purchase at the gallery.