Exhibition: Jewish Album

Photographs by Rita Ostrovska

Rita Ostrovska, Self-portrait, 1993, in the Russian restaurant »Misha’s Deli,« Washington, D. C.


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The exhibition »Jewish Album. Photographs by Rita Ostrovska« showed selected photographs of the series »Jews in Ukraine« and »Emigrants« in the Dubnow Institute.

The artist Rita Ostrovska was born in Kiev in 1953 and studied in Leningrad (St. Petersburg) and Kiev. The renowned artist’s work has been exhibited around the world and is contained in numerous art collections.

From 1989 until her emigration in 2001, she photographed traditional sites of Jewish life in Ukraine, the »shtetls,« and the changes these underwent following the mass emigration of Jews from the former Soviet Union. Since 1993, Rita Ostrovska moreover photographically documented the lives of Jewish emigrants from the former Soviet Union after their arrival in the USA, Israel, and Germany. She also documented her own family’s emigration from Ukraine, their life in transit, and their arrival in Kassel.

November 2021 to September 2023
Dubnow Institute

Exhibition within the project »Shifting Knowledge. The Impact and Repercussion of Emigration from Eastern Europe on Jewish Studies since the 1960s«.

This Project is financed by the Saxon State government out of the State budget approved by the Saxon State Parliament.