Vale of Glamorgan Council recognises Holocaust Memorial Day
The Vale of Glamorgan Council will mark the international day of remembrance with exhibitions held at Art Central Gallery and Penarth Pavillion.
Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on January 27, and honours the millions of victimes of the Holocaust, as well as subsequent genocides. January 27 marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
This year’s theme is ‘One Day’. Art Central Gallery will host Polish photographer and writer, Michal Iwanowski’s exhibition. After seeing a piece of graffiti on a wall in Cardiff that read ‘Go Home Polish,‘ Iwanowski decided to take a journey 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.
This exhibition records Iwanowski’s journey and the people he met. It highlights the complexity of human behavior and emotions such as tolerance and acceptance.
It also explores topics such as conflict, forced migration and displacement.It will run from January 15 until 12 February.Penarth Pier Pavilion will play host to artist Nicola Tucker’s ‘Shtetl’ from the 24 January.
Nicola is a conflict and war artist and Shetle, refers to home, a small town. Her work reflects the immediacy of fleeing from home a reaction to a situation where often the residents left with little to nothing abandoning their home and life’s to escape war, genocide and other inflicted situations.
Deputy Leader of the Council, Cllr Lis Burnett, will make the statement of commitment on the day. The statement recognises the long-standing effects of the Holocaust and the importance in remembering the event and those who were, and continue to be affected by it. It also pledges to fight against discrimination of all kinds.
For further information about this exhibition visit: Go Home, Polish - Photographs by Michal Iwanowski | Interview by Sophie Wright | LensCulture