If you’re in Lithuania — there is still time to see “Back to Shul,” an exhibition of photographs of Lithuanian synagogues by the British photographer Richard Schofield, the founder and creative director of the International Centre for Litvak Photography.
The exhibit opened March 1 and closes March 14 in Kaunas, at the Ars e Mundas Gallery, Mapu g. 20.
Curated by Ugnė Vedeikaitė, the exhibit features 30 of the nearly 2,000 photographs Schofield took in August 2017 during a 12-day trip around Lithuania to document the 100 or so surviving synagogue buildings in the country.
According to the description of the exhibit, the project was an “act of remembrance as the country headed towards the 100th anniversary of the re-establishment of its independence, an event in which Lithuania’s Jewish population played a significant role.”
Plans are to publish a selection of photographs as a book.
The photographs on exhibit are accompanied by a slideshow of more images from the trip and a fragment of music from the First Movement of Anton Dehtiarov’s opus “The Kaunas Requiem,” a piece of experimental music that Schofield commissioned in 2016 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the Kaunas Ghetto.