Fragments of a Life

Through personal narratives and biographical material, the multi-site and multi-media contemporary art exhibition explores the impact on the destinies of future generations of survivors of the events of June 27-June 30, 1941 in Iași, when about 13,000 Jews were killed by the Romanian authorities at the behest of Marshal Ion Antonescu, Romania’s leader, in the largest pogrom in Europe.

Coinciding with the 75th anniversary of this dark moment in Romanian history, one that has been largely ignored by Romanian society and manipulated politically, the project in Iași considers the impact of war, violence and persecution on the destinies of victims and their descendants, the past generation’s interrupted biographies that parallel those of today, albeit in other, less prominent, geographical areas like the Middle East.

Focusing on individual stories rather than grand narratives, “Fragments of a Life” addresses factual events from the perspective of those who experienced them or their descendants, while revealing the malleability of memory, affected by the subject’s time-perspective.

More info on the 1+1 website.


June 27, 6 pm – Opening Reception of “Fragments of a Life” Exhibition at Iași, Al. Lăpușneanu St. 7-9; the show lasts until 30 August, with art projects by Olga Stefan/Miklos Klaus Rozsa, Daniel Spoerri, Elianna Renner, and Samy Briss.
The historical exhibition of cultural material (texts and videos) by emigres from Iași will be on view until August 30 in parallel to the contemporary art exhibition.

June 28, 2 pm – Screening “Oare Cât Traiesc Cocorii?”, film by Dan Paul Ionescu, at Iași, Al. Lăpușneanu St. 7-9

June 28, 6 pm – Screening “Souvenirs de Iași” (International Premiere), film by Romulus Balazs, followed by discussion between Romulus Balazs and Olga Stefan, at Iași

June 29, 11 am – 5 pm – Four performances for one person each through public urban space by Myriam Lefkowitz, enrolment required at by June 15, 2016

June 29, 5:30 pm – “Life interrupted. Documenting the biographies of the Iași pogrom victims”, presentation by Adrian Cioflâncă, director of The Center for the Study of Jewish History in Romania, at Iași, Al. Lăpușneanu St. 7-9

June 30, 6 pm – performance “In Between”, by David Schwartz/ Katia Pascariu/ Ioana Florea/ Alice Marinescu, followed by discussion with the public, Theatre Fix, Cuza Vodă St., no. 10

June 30, 8:30 pm – Screening “Charging the Rhino” (Premiere in Iași), a film by Simcha Jacobovici, Theatre Fix, Cuza Vodă St., no. 10


Film screenings:

Souvenirs de Iași – Romulus Balazs, 2016 (Premiere in Romania), (RO/FR)

Oare cât traiesc cocorii? / I Wonder How Long Cranes Live – Dan Paul Ionescu (RO), 2011

Charging the Rhino – Simcha Jacobovici, 2007 (Premiere in Iași), (CA/IL)

The exhibition “Fragments of a life”, curated by Olga Stefan, June 27- August 30, 2016, Iași, Romania, is organized by 1+1 association, co-organized by Iași, co-funded by Administration of the National Cultural Fund, with additional support from Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Embassy and the Swiss Sponsors’ Fund, and the German embassy. Partners are: Theatre Fix, and the Centre for Research of Jewish History in Romania.