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  17 June - 31 October 2014

Being Jewish

The Jewish Museum of Greece presents Peter Rigaud's exhibition of photographs entitled Being Jewish, which is about having Jewish identity in Europe.
Who is Jewish? How do individuals define their Jewish identity? Who has always felt Jewish? Who discovered their Jewish identity later on in life and how did they discover it? These are the questions that the Being Jewish exhibition looks into. Viennese photographer Peter Rigaud has created a series of portraits of Jewish people from Vienna and asked them about their Jewish identity. In addition to the portraits there are short descriptions, written by the subjects themselves, explaining their attitudes and demonstrating a broad range of different social, religious and ideological aspects of identity through the ages. Every person who sat for a portrait was asked to nominate another person to be photographed and also to justify their choice. This meant that the Jewish subjects described other Jewish people as well as describing themselves, and resulted in other photographs with exceptionally touching texts to go with them.
The photographic project Being Jewish: Peter Rigaud's camera captures many sets of portrait photographs. Each set begins with an initiator chosen by photographer Peter  Rigaud  himself. The 'initiator' decides who he  would like Peter  Rigaud  to  photograph next and  writes an  explanation of  why he  has chosen this person.

Original exhibition at the Jewish Museum of Vienna, April 2011.
Idea: Danielle Spera καιPeter Menasse
Conception and photography: Peter Rigaud
Exhibition curator (Vienna): Gabriele Kohlbauer-Fritz

Next stages in journey: Rome, Milan, Vilnius, Berlin, Prague.
Finalstage: Athens
The exhibition will run until Friday 31st October 2014 and will be open to the public 09:00 – 14:30 on weekdays and 10:00 – 14:00 on Sundays. The museum in closed on Saturdays.
Enquiries to the Jewish Museum of Greece, 39 Nikis Street, Athens 105 57, telephone 2103-225-582, fax 2103-231-577, Monday to Friday 09:00 - 14:30. Alternatively, e-mail: info@jewishmuseum.gr, or visit  www.jewishmuseum.gr
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