The Objects Of Love
The Objects of Love
13 January - 13 February 2022
Dublin Castle - The Bedford Hall
Opening Times: 10:00 to 17:00 closed 1pm-2pm
Further info: dublincastle.ie/exhibitions
The Office of Public Works in association with Holocaust Awareness Ireland present The Objects of Love, an exhibition of powerful mementoes that tell the story of one Jewish family before, during and after the Second World War. Showing in Dublin Castle’s Bedford Hall this poignant exhibition tells the fate of individual lives torn asunder in Nazi-occupied Poland and beyond.
Told through a curated collection of precious family objects, photographs and documents, Dublin based art dealer, Oliver Sears vividly brings to life this extreme edge of European history where his mother Monika and grandmother Kryszia are the beating hearts of an epic and intimate story of love, loss, and survival.
Speaking at the opening Director Lenny Abrahamson paid tribute to Oliver for sharing his family's story and making the Holocaust relevant to our present. Minister with responsibility for the Office of Public Works, Patrick O’Donovan, T.D., emphasised the obligation to speak out against hate speech and to make sure the failures and atrocities of the past are not repeated
The exhibition is accompanied by an audio narration and an illustrated booklet.
“These forged wartime identity papers show a passport sized photograph of my grandmother Kryszia with freshly dyed blond hair staring straight ahead. A new and necessary look to heighten her Aryan credentials, along with her acquired, nondescript Polish name and unlikely declared profession of ‘typist’. How to measure the fear and desperation in those eyes, hiding from a regime programmed to turn you, your family and your culture into ash.” (Extract from The Objects of Love, by Oliver Sears)