ROMANIOTE MEMORIES - A JEWISH JOURNEY FROM IOANNINA, GREECE TO MANHATTAN: PHOTOGRAPHS BY VINCENT GIORDANO
We are pleased to announce two upcoming exhibitions of the photos of the late Vincent Giordano to be held in New York and Washington, DC in the fall of 2019.
Romaniote Memories - a Jewish Journey from Ioannina, Greece to Manhattan: Photographs by Vincent Giordano" will open on Thursday, September 19th, 2019 at the Consulate of Greece in New York and will continue through October 3rd, 2019. A lecture and panel discussion about Romaniote Jews will take place at the Consulate on Wednesday, September 25th.
The exhibition then travels to the Greek Embassy in Washington, D.C. and will open on Thursday, November 7th, 2019 and continue through November 29th, 2019. A lecture and panel discussion on the Romaniote Jews will take place at the Embassy on Wednesday, November 13th.
The photographs are part of a multi-media archive, created by Giordano, who died in 2010, which was sponsored by International Survey of Jewish Monuments and in 2019 will find a new home at the Hellenic American Project and Special Collections at the Library of Queens College, New York.
The Vincent Giordano multi-media archive is comprised of an assortment of written material, photographic negatives, prints and slides, audio cassettes and other tapes, video mini-cassettes and other recordings, and miscellaneous material related to Giordano's more than decade-long documentation of the Greek-Jewish community of Kehila Kedosha Janina in New York and the synagogue and community in Ioannina, Greece.
In 1999, photographer Vincent Giordano made an unplanned visit to the small Kehila Kedosha Janina (KKJ) synagogue on New York’s Lower East Side. He knew little about Judaism or synagogues, and even less about the Romaniote Jewish tradition of which KKJ, built in 1927, is the lone North American representative. In this he was not alone. Romaniotes –are among the least known of Jewish communities. Since the Holocaust, when 85% of all Jews in Greece perished and the historic Romaniote communities in Greece largely destroyed, KKJ has struggled to maintain its’ millennia-old traditions.