‘One Day’ Holocaust Memorial Day Exhibition 2022
Go Home, Polish by Michal Iwanowski
15 January – 12 February 2022.
Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) is an international day of remembrance held annually on 27 January to honour millions of victims of the Holocaust, subsequent genocides, commemorating the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. The Vale of Glamorgan Council have marked this day each year since 2001. This year ‘One Day’ is the Holocaust Memorial Trust theme. One day, is a snapshot in time where we cannot always see the full picture, context or background but it can help bring a piece of the full picture to life!
Michal Iwanowski, an award-winning British, Polish photographer and writer, after seeing a piece of graffiti on a wall in Cardiff that read ‘Go Home Polish‘ decided to take a journey mid Brexit, from his home in Wales to his birth home in Poland. Taking ‘one day’ at a time, Iwanowski walked for 105 days and crossed 1200 miles before reaching his family home in Poland. Along the way he asked people he met the same question: Where is home?
This exhibition records Iwanowski’s journey and the people he met. It highlights the complexity of human behaviour, making us consider and actively recognise our similarities of compassion, openness, honesty, kindness, tolerance, acceptance and understanding of humanity. It also allows us to reflect on recurring issues including, difference, conflict, forced migration, displacement, separation, rejection, echoing the disharmony faced by thousands of people fleeing from conflict and unrest in the world today. We hope this exhibition creates an opportunity to think, reflect, accept change, embracing difference for all of humankind.
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