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6 Aug 2019 19:00 - 25 Aug 2019

Exhibition: Jiří Doležel: Memory Traces — Exile / Emigration to the USA 1938/39, 1948, 1968

Explore through photographs by Jiří Doležel and interviews conducted by Memory Traces association the life experiences of those who had been forced by circumstances to leave Czechoslovakia, the country of their origin.


Opening reception: August 6th, 7PM


The project is focused around interviews with representatives of Czechoslovak exile in the USA, which records the life experiences of those who had been forced by circumstances to leave the country of their origin and settle in the US.

Jiří Doležel will open his Memory Traces exhibition focused on Czech waves of emigration to the United States in 1938, 1948 and 1968. The photographs document Czech patriots living in the U.S. who left their motherland to find freedom or safety. 

Memory Traces focuses on interviews with these Czechs, who reveal a significant message – the importance of the U.S. democratic system, and its support for them as political refugees. They discuss how American society and democracy helped them establish their lives and professional careers. While these figures are not well known, they shine light on an important part of Czech national identity and make clear the significant links between the Czech Republic and the United States.

Memory Traces 
Memory Traces is a non-profit association of journalists and historians who, since 2008, have been collecting memories of critics and victims of both the Nazi and communist totalitarian regimes in Central Moravia. Audio-visual recordings of the testimonies of witnesses accompanied by contemporary photos of each individual in his/her home. The respondents include World War II witnesses and victims of 1950s’ communist persecution.

Jiří Doležel 
Jiří Doležel is the chairman of the Association and the author of the Memory Traces project, graduated from the Institute of Creative Photography, Silesian University of Opava, Department of Photography. His main focus is on documentary, theatre and portrait photography. He holds many awards including several Czech Press Photo Awards. He published books of photographs EPI Center (2007) and Gypsies from Vsetín (2009) and is the author of the book Memory Traces (2016), which contains 17 stories of witnesses of the project of the same name. 

On view August 6 - August 25, 2019


In collaboration with BBLA.


Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
United States


From: 6 Aug 2019 19:00
To: 25 Aug 2019


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