Lucky Jew takes a common object of Polish folk culture and turns it on its head. The term “Lucky Jews” refers to figurines and small paintings of Jews with gold coins that are sometimes sold in Poland as good luck charms. While some people also see them as remembrances of Poland’s pre-war Jewish communities, for many people they are simply anti-Semitic caricatures. Lucky Jew engages with the cultural complications of these objects by bringing a Lucky Jew to life in the public spaces of the city. The performance, at once sincere and satirical, is our most well-known and most controversial piece and is guaranteed to provoke meaningful conversation and debate.
Join the FestivALT co-directors and creators of Lucky Jew for a discussion about the project, its problems and merits, and the conversation that has grown around it.