Fragments of Memory

Lviv, 2017

“This is an important, long-awaited topic. Tactfully done, with a very well measured amount of mourning and sweet sorrow. The reflections of our contemporaries are important.’

“I’ve felt a living, fading, tragic history of my homeland thanks to the artistic force of the photography.’

“The exhibition consistently unfolds in time and space. The corridor, the monastery vault makes one walk from a picture to a picture, from a text to a text… Consistently, like in a book.’

‘Walking through the exhibits, one forgets about time, about transience of things; one begins to feel something eternal, something impossible to throw out of memory. One begins to understand that there are people, things, events that will always be with us.’

“That’s how it works: starting with one trace, at one place, the searcher finds traces, and then – a whole story which is connected to the world history.’

Krakow, 2018

‘Thank you for creating an experience that surprisingly brought back a lot of memories of my own Polish family.’

‘We walk the same path because only memory and love can win destruction and death.’

London, 2018

‘Fragments of Memory skilfully reveals the complex relationships we have with the spaces we inhabit. The footage takes you around the hidden corners of the city of L’viv, places that contain memories, often troubling, sometimes happy, always moving. The voices of three women narrators unravel the multiple layers of these memories: personal, collective, institutional; forgotten, suppressed and cherished. The fourth voice—a revelation itself—belongs to Debora Vogel, a largely forgotten writer, poet and philosopher who wrote in Polish, Hebrew and Yiddish and possessed a complex identity, much like that of the city itself. She perished in the L’viv ghetto during the Second World War. Her words, which appear against the images of the city, are particularly fitting for a film that gently encourages us to remember the lives that were destroyed in the upheavals of the 20th century and to use these memories to rebuild what was lost and to build a new city. As one of the narrators in the film says, ‘only after accomplishing this memory work will it be possible to go further. Memory isn’t an end in itself.’ Fragments of Memory certainly succeeds both in remembering and in encouraging us to go further.’