Have we triumphed over fascism and Nazism?
Officially, yes, by defeating them in World War II. That is why the 8th and 9th of May belong not only in Europe, but also in the world, to the celebration of the victory over the ideologies that have devastated democracy.
On 8 May 2023, The Day of Victory over Fascism, we are opening an exhibition at 5 p.m. at an important place in our modern memory, the Museum of holocaust in Sereď, where a labour and concentration camp was located during the war, entitled
“MEMORY AS REFERENCE. CRITICAL CONTEXTS OF THE SLOVAK STATE IN CONTEMPORARY VISUAL ART.“
Authors of visual arts: Daniela Krajčová, Klára Kusá, Zorka Lednárová, Marcel Mališ, Matúš Matátko and Filip Sabol, Erika Mészárosová have used memory as a reference in their work.
“Most of the presented authors at the exhibition are devoted to individual studies of authoritarian regimes, totalitarian propaganda, visual culture of the time, as well as oral history mapping the impact of political decisions on specific human lives. The authors are looking for proxy themes in the tangle of historical layers that have the potential to create a context with the current political and social situation,” explains the curator of exhibition, Bohunka Koklesová.
The Holocaust did not happen overnight. It was preceded by a crisis in society after the World War I, which opened up the space for populism and political platitudes in the form of easy solutions. A regime came to power democratically, in which not only democracy, but also freedom and human rights were completely lost. The facts of great history are told in the exhibition in the historical development of events. And how did they affect the small ones, i.e. the lives of ordinary people?
We bring these to your attention through short films by Post Bellum and The Norwegian Center for Holocaust and Minority Studies.
Curator of exhibiton: Bohunka Koklesová
Authors of visual art in exhibition: Daniela Krajčová, Klára Kusá, Zorka Lednárová, Marcel Mališ, Matúš Matátko and Filip Sabol, Erika Meszárosová
Historical context and stories of the 20th century: Matej Beránek, Dominik Janovský, Martina Lábajová, Sandra Polovková
Architect of exhibition: Peter Liška
Graphic designer: Marek Novák
Production: Nina Pompošová
The project called HISTORY DEFINES OUR FUTURE is implemented within the framework of the programme “Entrepreneurship in the field of culture, cultural heritage and cultural cooperation” co-financed by the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area 2014-2021 and the state budget of the Slovak Republic. The programme manager is the Ministry of Investment, Regional Development and Informatization of the Slovak Republic.
The project was supported by EVZ Foundation
The main organizer
Post Bellum SK
Slovak National Museum, Museum of Jewish Culture, Museum of holocaust in Sereď
The Norwegian Center for Holocaust and Minority Studies