Once again, the Festival of Tolerance, which will, with its accompanying programs, be held from 1 to 21 April, is enriching the cultural offering of Zagreb with two intriguing exhibitions. The thirteenth iteration of the Festival emphasizes the importance of acceptance and respect for diversity and the fundamental principles of equality and fairness, also touching upon the burning global issue of refugees.
On April 1, the streets of Zagreb will be host to the photographic exhibition Oni // They inspired by the project of the Studio Aleppo entitled Picturing (new) European citizens. Under the auspices of UNHCR Croatia and in collaboration with the Jesuit Refugee Service the Zagreb public spaces will come alive with pop up installations with portraits of four refugees currently living in Croatia. At each individual point, four portraits of one migrant by different photographers will be exhibited. Prominent Croatian artists Ana Opalić, Mare Milin, Stanko Herceg and Ivan Posavec will show us their vision of four exceptional people from Syria, Iraq and Iran with tragic life stories.
The exhibition As if they are not here: reviving memories of Polish Jews will be held from 5 to 17 April in front of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb. In collaboration with POLIN – the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, the Festival presents reproductions of murals found throughout Poland, which speak about the past of the Polish Jews. The murals appear in cities in which the Jews before made up a significant portion of the population before World War II, and are created by small groups of urban activists who want to remind their fellow citizens of who their neighbors used to be. In Zagreb, the murals will be shown on panels divided into 12 thematic units that speak, in an accessible way, of the importance of reviving memories in public spaces. The exhibition is organized in cooperation with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Warsaw, Poland.
The programs are co-financed with the funds of the City of Zagreb Office for Culture.