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الرسالة (عربة النوم)

What to Do On a Rainy Day?

Traces of Existence | Judiska Museet Stockholm with Darlanas Museum Falun, Sweden

Curated by Åsa Andersson-Broms

Jun 2nd to July 1st 2018

"Hila Laviv is an artist based in Tel Aviv, far distant from Sweden’s forests with their riches of blueberries and wild strawberries. Despite this, her pictures are full of fragments of the Swedish countryside. Her narratives and her art work their way in via the Hälsinggården kibbutz and they stretch across the world through the generations, in the form of memories and objects. Her art is far from being nostalgic even though she often seeks nourishment from her family history and from her grandmother Noni. Hila Laviv is a solitary who narrates an independent story. The traces of existence have brought us to a story that really begins long before the kibbutz was established at Hälsinggården and which is much more complex than we could possibly imagine. It is thanks to Hila’s art that the historical roots become visible, letting us sense a narrative that is very much broader…"

Text by Åsa Andersson-Broms, curator. Continue Reading

Further Reading:

Text by Christina Gamstorp

Director Jewish Museum in Stockholm

10 February 1945

Text by Kaj Schueler

The Warburg family and the kibbutz in Falun

Text by Sandra Weill

Historical backround

Text by Karin Kvist Gevert

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Installation view

A site specific installation in the Hälsinggården garden traces.
Printed cut-outs on semi-transparent fabric hanging with strings on trees.

The house in Hälsinggården was demolished and is long gone, but the landscape and the old trees remained.  These trees, old and silent witnesses of history, were the base of a site specific installation of semi-transparent fabric cutouts of furniture and objects such as typical toys made by the (German) group in the local (Swedish) tradition. Hanging lightly from the tress, in the concrete uncontrolled weather. Video Photography:  Torbjörn Allard

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Audio Work

At the event, the guests received an audio guide, to guide them at the spot where the house once stood, a missing instruction, in front of a missing site.

Conversations between Mirjam Polin and Hila Laviv
English Narrator: Naomi Yoeli

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The Toys and the Album

The toys were made in Hälsinggården, Sweden by the German-Jewish youth refugees group in the local Swedish tradition. Toys like Nils Holgersson, Tomtes and Bambis were designed by the kids in Hälsinggården.

The Albums pages show threw the amazingly vivid photographes by Ann Riwkin-Brick  how the original wooden toys were made in PluBa (Pluga Baderech- a troop on its way in Hebrew) a small factory mainly for toys established by a group of Germen-Jewish youth refugees in Hälsinggården Sweden. 1939-1946.

Hälsinggården, an estate situated 4 kilometers from Falun in Dalarna was let as a home for Aliyah-Youth and in the middle of June 1939 about 50 young German Jews, between the ages 14-17 years old were installed there. Uri Rothschild's group, Plu-ba, (coming out of Pluga Baderech, "a troop on its way") remained in Hälsinggården during WW 2, waiting and preparing to go to Palestine. The group members changed their names to Hebrew names, and practiced professions that they thought would be useful in Palestine.

Still color photos: Revital Topiol, 2018 (Thank you Joseph Wizel and his daughter Nitza Wizel for keeping and loving these toys).

Still black and white photos from an old family photo album: Anna Riwkin, Probably 1940 (The album was made as a souvenir by an unknown child to Eva Warburg, my Grandmother’s sister).

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