'I open my eyes there's no one' Exhibition

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Cruickshank Botanic Gardens
23 S Machar Drive
AB24 3UU

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On behalf of Polish Association Aberdeen, we have a pleasure to invite you to the opening of ‘I open my eyes there’s no one exhibtion’ at Cruickshank Botanic Garden on Sunday 5th December at 11am. Exhibition will be held from 5th December 2021 to 28th February 2022.

Exhibition 'I open my eyes there’s no one is dedicated to Jewish artists working in the copy-making studio located in the Bialystok ghetto during World War II. We know their stories from the memories and graphics of Izaak Celnikier, a Jewish painter born in Poland, who survived.

The exhibition will be held at the Cruickshank Botanic Garden, courtesy of the University of Aberdeen.

Polish Association Aberdeen – the organiser,

Marta Surowiec – the originator and author of the exhibition,

Ewa Rogalewska, Zuzanna Benesz-Goldfinger, Joanna Tomalska-Więcek and Jolanta Szczygieł-Rogowska – co-authors of the exhibition,

The exhibition was preceded by a multi-month query covering the collections of museums, archives and private collections in Poland, Germany, Israel, the United States and France. The exhibition includes materials from the collections of:
- Ghetto Fighters’ House Museum,
- Art Department Museums Division,
- Yad Vashem,
- Bundesarchiv - Federal Archives,
- National Museum in Warsaw,
- The Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw,
- Archives of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw,
- Historical Museum, branch of the Podlasie Museum in Bialystok,
- Bialystok Cultural Centre,
- private collections, including family collections of Mrs. Anne Szulmajster Celnikier, wife of Izaak Celnikier and Mr. Jacob Celnikier, son of the artist.

The partners of the project are:
- Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Edinburgh,
- Polish Cultural Institute in London,
- Big Lottery Awards For All,
- Aberdeen City Council,
- University of Aberdeen.

The exhibition I open my eyes there’s no one is part of the Holocaust Memorial Day 2022 commemoration.