VELVET 17 is an exhibit  inspired by the pivotal day of 17/11/1989, the freedom that day brought, and the responsibility that comes with freedom. What effect does the fall of communism have upon Czechs in the present? Freedom is costly. The mundane rhythm of life punctuated with holidays often lulls people into forgetting the very reason they can travel with such freedom. Velvet 17 explores the shedding of communism for a new way of life, how Czech society has adapted to that change, the prevailing existence of xenophobia, and the evolution of the social mindset in the past 21 years.

This exhibition is under the patronage of Sasha Vondra, Czech Minister of Defense and partnered with Amnesty International. Curated by Head Rabbit Minna Pyyhkala. 

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