Introducing DLP's Visual Diary Exhibit
The David Labkovski Project is proud to share the virtual installation of A Visual Diary of the Past: The Work of David Labkovski (1906-1991).
The exhibit was designed and curated by the 7 recipients of the Elie Lainer Youth Leadership Award at the 2022 Scholar’s Event.
The exhibit offers a greater historical context and many interactive components. We hope you find the exhibit meaningful and thought provoking.
For best viewing and interaction options, we recommend opening the exhibit on your desktop.
The Purpose of the Visual Diary Exhibit
This exhibit was created in order to build a bridge from the past to the present—to begin conversations, foster compassion and empathy, and understand the connectivity of history to the world today. It uses interactive elements and a timeline to help viewers understand the artist's experiences at the time the art was created.
Much of David Labkovski’s work acts as synecdoche for the human toll of hatred, racism, and antisemitism. His art shares the story of his own experiences and that of his beloved Jewish community of Vilna (current day, Vilnius, Lithuania). By depicting life before, during, and after the Holocaust, Labkovski's art creates a lens to better understand the past and as a guide for the future. His visual diary and depictions of the atrocities committed by the Nazis and their local collaborators share the spectrum of the human experience: from joy to pain, from trauma to resilience.