In 2018, the Galicia Jewish Museum in Kraków inaugurated the Competition for the Chris Schwarz Memorial Art Award, named for the Museum’s founder and first director. The aim of the Competition is to promote and develop contemporary art, as well as to create a forum for dialogue on history and Polish-Jewish relations. The theme of the Competition, as proposed by the British journalist Christian Davies, was ‘a door with an eye-hole’ — an ambiguous symbol of the complicated Polish-Jewish history, torn by war and the Holocaust.
On 5 September 2019, at 6 pm, the Galicia Jewish Museum will host an opening of the award-winning Competition entry by Karolina Zielazek-Szeska, who creatively developed the metaphor of the door by referring to Bentham’s panopticon. The exhibition will run until 13 October 2019.