Bloody Diptychs To Be Shown At New FIU MBUS Art Exhibit

"Promised Land," a new exhibit by Polish artist Pawel Nowak at the FIU Miami Beach Urban Studios, feature art inspired by the remembrance of the Holocaust. Photo courtesy of Jacek J. Kolasinski.

Dante Nahai/Contributing Writer 

January is Florida Jewish History Month and with it comes a new exhibit hosted by the FIU Miami Beach Urban Studios: “Promised Land.”

“Promised Land” features diptychs, graphics and movie projections created by Polish artist Pawel Nowak.

Nowak will be speaking at the opening reception this Friday to discuss his artwork.

Born in Poland in the mid 1960s, Nowak noticed the absence of a Jewish population in his home country, which later became one of his inspirations for his art pieces.

“Pawel has created 80 diptychs, eight graphics and two movie projections from LCD projectors for the exhibit,” said Jacek J. Kolasinski, the organizer of the exhibit.

A diptych is an object with two flat plates attached at a hinge, similar to notebooks.

The diptychs feature portraits of pre-World War II Jewish civilians and pictures of the sky from Poland.

They are covered in wax and are pigmented with the color of blood.

Pawel Nowak created eight graphics of numbers that represent the number of people who died in the Holocaust. Photo courtesy of Jacek J. Kolasinski.

Nowak will also feature art that represent the number of people who died in the Holocaust.

His graphics show numeric stamps and bars of numbers scattered around the graphics.

The number codes refer to people who were forced into horrific conditions during the Holocaust.

Each of these graphics show black dots that represent a cluster of victims with identities that were reduced to numbers.

The two movie projections are animations of numbers in a constant loop.

Opening reception is on Friday, Jan. 10 at 420 Lincoln Rd. Suite 440, Miami Beach, FL 33139; event runs from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Free. Exhibition open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and runs through Jan. 30.

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