Georgian National Museum and Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Georgia host “Last Folio – a Photographic Journey by Yuri Dojc and Katya Krausova” in Shalva Amiranashvili Museum of Fine Arts.
Yuri Dojc and the documentary film team shot an abandoned Jewish school in eastern Slovakia, where time had stood still since the day in 1942 when all those attending it were taken away to the camps. The school books all still there, essay notebooks with corrections, school reports, even the sugar still in the cupboard…These decaying books lying on dusty shelves; the last witnesses of a once thriving culture are treated by Yuri Dojc as the individual survivors that they are – each book captured as in a portrait, preserved in their final beauty, pictures speaking a thousand words.
This is the extensive project, spanning more than a decade, of which this exhibition represents a part, was first seen at the Slovak National Museum in Bratislava, followed by Prague and Cambridge UK to a great acclaim.
The tour in the US and Canada opened in New York in 2011 followed by Bloomington Indiana and Ottawa. It continued its journey to the European Commission in Brussels, the Pierre Berge Foundation in Brussels and Kosice, the European Capital of Culture 2013. It was next seen in the National Library of Italy in Rome and in 2014 at the Akademie of Fine Arts in Vienna.
In 2015, the year of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and the end of
WW2, Last Folio was seen at the Mark Rothko Art Centre in Latvia, at the UN in NY, the National Library of Germany in Berlin, Tufts University Art Gallery in Boston and the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow.
After the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC, Last Folio exhibition will be seen in the Unibes Cultural in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Canada and finally at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute in Jerusalem, Israel.
A number of the images in the current exhibition are already in the Permanent Collection of the Library of Congress.