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Yuri Dojc, Milan
Yuri Dojc, Milan

Photographer, artist and witness, Yuri Dojc’s expansive practice encompasses many kinds of looking. His multi-lens trajectory has pivoted from an established commercial photography practice to his current gaze as an artful observer of the vestiges of history’s most vulnerable. In 1968, as Russian tanks were rolling into his native Czechoslovakia, the young student summering in London became, abruptly, “refugee.” And soon, that status shifted again, to immigrant, as Dojc made his way to Canada. In the decades since, the photographer has made Toronto his home, and the world both his subject and his host. Dojc is best known for his observational approach to the past, with its alloy of subjectivities, empathy, and intimacy. Since the late 1990s, he has been documenting Slovakia's last living Holocaust survivors and the country’s abandoned synagogues, schools, and cemeteries for a series called Last Folio. An international success, this show travels extensively, with major exhibitions in Rome, Berlin, Moscow, New York, São Paulo among others.

 A feature length documentary by filmmaker Katya Krausova, a co-producer of the Last Folio project, premiered in 2016 in Toronto and is now being screened world-wide. In a similarly memorializing effort, a series of portraits of World War II veterans and their families were featured in a book, Honour (2010); his heart-rending images taken in Rwanda appeared in the French journal Liberation. In Dojc’s most recent series, North is Freedom: The Legacy of the Underground Railroad as in so much of his work, the photographer illustrates the power of art to convey a narrative that continues to touch us here, now and in the future. Yuri Dojc was born in 1946, in Humenne, Slovakia. He studied at the Comenius University, Bratislava from 1967 to1968 and at the Ryerson University, Toronto from 1971 to 1973.

Publications

Exhibitions

Solo exhibitions
2017
Last Folio

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France

2017
Last Folio

Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany

2016
North is Freedom

Canadian Embassy, Washington DC, USA

2016
Last Folio

Unibes Cultural, São Paulo, Brazil

2016
Last Folio

Van Leer Institute, Jerusalem, Israel

2016-17
Last Folio

Shalva Amiranashvili Museum of Fine Arts - Georgian National Museum, Tiflis, Georgia

2016
Last Folio

Wilson Center, Washington, DC, USA

2015
Last Folio

Tufts University Art Gallery, Boston, MA, USA

2015
Last Folio

United Nations, New York, USA

2015-16
Last Folio

Art Gallery of Hamilton, Canada

2015
Last Folio

Mark Rothko Art Center, Daugavpils, Latvia

2015
Last Folio

Staatsbibliothek, National Library of Germany, Berlin, Germany

2014-15
Last Folio

Museum of Tolerance, Moscow, Russia

2014
Last Folio

Various cities, Slovakia

2014
Last Folio

Akademie der bildenden Kunste, Vienna, Austria

2013-14
Last Folio

Ermano Tedeschi Gallery, Rome, Italy

2012-13
Last Folio

Kosice, European City of Culture, Slovakia

2012
Last Folio

Galéria Jozefa Kollára Banská Stiavnica, Slovakia

2012
Last Folio

Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Roma, Rome, Italy

2011
Last Folio

Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York, USA

2011
Last Folio

Pierre Berge Foundation, Brussels, Belgium

2011
Last Folio

European Commission, Brussels, Belgium

2010-11
Last Folio

Grunwald Gallery of Art, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA

2009-10
Temptation

Mirbach Palace, Bratislava City Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia

2008-09
Last Folio

Cambridge University, Gonville and Caius Library, Cambridge, UK

2007-08

Slovak National Museum, Slovakia

Group exhibitions
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