For Immediate Release:
Contact: Tammy Cromer-Campbell
July 2, 2015
Come by and view Loli Kantor’s Beyond the Forest, Jewish Presence in Eastern Europe, 2004-2012, exhibit. It will be up from July 2 - August 14, 2015. Loli Kantor is a Fine Art and documentary photographer based in Fort Worth, Texas. Her photographs which have garnered notable awards are in public collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, Lviv National Museum, Ukraine, and Lishui Museum of Photography in China. Kantor was born in Paris, France, and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel. She has also been published in numerous publication, including Lens Work. We are located at 207 N. Center St., Longview, Texas. The exhibit opens with ArtWalk, Thursday, July 2, from 5 - 8pm.
About the project:
Beyond the Forest photographic series represent the fragile renewal of Jewish Life in Eastern Europe in the early 21st century. The photographs were taken over a span of nearly a decade, mostly in Poland and Ukraine, using a variety of photographic language to express the absence, as well as the presence of Jewish life and culture there.
This project began while Kantor, an Israeli-American photographer turned a journey to discover the world of her ancestors, most having perished in the Holocaust, into a broader engagement with the daily life of Jews of Eastern Europe in the early 21st century. Kantor’s photographs tell a story of the fragile reemergence of Jewish life in rural and urban Poland and Ukraine.
Kantor visited Jews living in the small villages, (former shtetls/ small villages which were predominantly Jewish before WWII now almost extinct) as well as in the larger towns, where a presence of Jewish cultural rebirth was apparent. She has seen that Jewish identity has been preserved in these larger communities, with a near extinct in the smaller villages. By returning to some of the same place over several years, gaining the trust and the access required to photograph these places, Kantor was able to photograph both the personal and communal daily life, as well as aspects of religious/traditions practiced.
A monograph entitled Beyond The Forest, Jewish Presence in eastern Europe, 2004 - 2012 has been published by the University of Texas Press November 2014. We have it available in our online store.
Please visit Loli's website for more information. www.lolikantor.com
Bring the family to experience this body of work. All will be enriched.