Power and powerlessness
Seiji Kimoto, Galerija Karas, Zagreb – May 14th – 31st
Seiji Kimoto is an all-round artist of the Japanese origin who has been living and working in Neunkirchen, Germany for decades. His work tells us about the problems from history in an up-to-date manner. With his sculptures, paintings, wall design, Zen calligraphy, graphics and drawings, he took a prominent position on the artistic scene where he has been active since the beginning of the Seventies,.
In his work Seiji Kimoto explores human values, and his artistic work is a meeting of traditional and contemporary, planes and poetry.
His sculptures that we shall have the honour and opportunity to see in Karas Gallery during the exhibition “Potency and Impotence” from May 14 to 31, 2012, excel in bright colours and intense expression, they question human freedom and imprisonment and show how resistance can emerge out of impotence and how people can save their dignity even in the situations of complete disability and greatest humiliations.
The exhibition “Potency and Impotence” consists of 16 impressive sculptures and objects made of wood, rope, metal and stone.
cinema Europa – 20. – 26. MAY
On the Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27, an exhibition of pupils’ works was set up in the Memorial Park Jasenovac and was opened to public until the end of February, 2012.
The exhibition is the result of the collaboration of the International School for Holocaust Studies Yad Vashem in Israel, the Agency for Education and Teacher Training and eight primary and secondary schools in the Republic of Croatia, whose teachers and pupils answered the invitation to participate in the project within the programme of out-of school activities.
The pupils created 16 posters on different themes. Some posters show local historical events, like sufferings or friendships and rescuing children and grown-ups during the Holocaust, some tell the story about Jewish property lost in the Second World War, and some show Jasenovac as the place of suffering, but then again, as the place of hope and reconciliation. Some of the posters exhibited will find their place in the newly built wing of the International School for Holocaust Studies Yad Vashem in Israel.
TWO FACES OF ROMA REALITY
Nena Lukin, cinema Europa 20. – 26. May
Nena Lukin depicts the different realities of Roma children photographed in Sisak, Čakovec and Zagreb, contrasting the depravity they sometimes live in with a brighter vision of prosperity for the future. Set in different environments; the home, at school, in the kindergarten and outside, each photograph allows the personality of each child to shine. Her vast experience in working with marginalised groups colours her work which celebrates the diversity of different heritages and beliefs to overcome prejudice and intolerance.
The exhibition is organized with the support of the Festival and Representation of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Croatia.
With this exhibition UNHCR wishes to raise awareness of the difficulties many Roma face in Croatia from a young age; poverty and widespread discrimination. In addition, children, women and the elderly are also commonly more likely to face documentation issues. Unable to regulate their status, these people become ‘invisible’ and run the risk of becoming stateless. UNHCR Croatia helps Roma at risk of statelessness to obtain documents and access rights, thus giving them a better chance for the future.
The Republic of Croatia will chair the Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005-2015 from 1st July 2012, a commitment by twelve European countries to improve the lives of Roma through housing, health employment and education.
The exhibition will run from 20 to 26 May in the foyer of Kino Europa, Varšavska 3, Zagreb. Admission Free.