Katinka Goldberg: Shtumer Alef at Trondheim Arts Museum

At Trondheim Art Museum 5. - 27. September 2020.

In collaboration with Trondheim Art Museum and the Jewish Cultural Festival Trondheim, Jkfest, the Jewish Museum Trondheim shows the exhibition Shtumer Alef from 5 - 27 September 2020.

In this project, the Swedish photo artist Katinka Goldbergs explores her Trondheim and Jewish roots, and how flight and war memorials affect generations to come. The project is also a commentary on our time, when there are more refugees in Europe than ever since World War II.

Shtumer Alef, a Jewish sign of silence, is based on the story of Goldberg's grandmother, Assne Kahn. At the age of 21, she fled to Sweden from Trondheim to escape the Nazis.

In 2018, Goldberg found her grandmother's diary at the Jewish Museum Trondheim, written during the flight to freedom. That same summer, Goldberg followed the same route that Assne Kahn had taken, and took photographs along the way. The landscape photos shown in the project are all taken along the escape route, and the plants and stones that fill the portraits of the grandmother are found along this route.

Goldberg's expressive photographic expressions in combination with historical family and archive photographs, emphasizes that this is also a deeply personal project, which explores longing and belonging.

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The exhibition is displayed in Trondheim Art Museum. Opening on September 5th at 14.00.

All photos: Katinka Goldberg.

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