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Meet Our Junior Producer

My name is Anna and I have recently taken on the role of Junior Producer/Administrator at the Holocaust Survivors’ Friendship Association, it is a privilege to join the organisation at this time and work with a small but dedicated team.

Holocaust education for me started back in 2013, when I took part in a programme set up by the Holocaust Educational Trust called Lessons from Auschwitz. This programme allowed every state school in England, with post-16 provision, to take students to Auschwitz-Birkenau. I attended contextual conferences and listened to Holocaust survivors speak in person. This was a formative experience, and one that I still am reminded of, as I find it difficult to grasp the reality of such atrocity and connect this physical place with objects held in our Exhibition.

MACBA, Barcelona, 2015

I graduated from Manchester School of Art in 2019 with a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design, this course allowed for freedom of expression through self-directed projects. My work was based around the complexity of the human condition, social interactions and curiosities. I learnt to always question what I was told and realised I was passionate about the human experience. As I travelled to Europe in my early twenties I fell in love with a new technicolour world that existed beyond where I grew up. It was at this time that I visited galleries and cultural hubs that left me with an understanding of the wider world. These places, if we are lucky enough to visit them, teach us about difference, tolerance and how the past informs our present. I want people to engage with the Centre for this reason, using what they have learnt to inform future behaviour.

Ler Devagar Bookstore, Lisbon, 2018

What we offer here at the Holocaust Exhibition and Learning Centre is specific; learning sessions, a free exhibition space, online and in person events, social media content and academic writing through our blog. The Holocaust Survivors’ Friendship Association also offers support to our survivor community based in Leeds. It has become apparent that working here is very different to other places, as we sit between a learning environment and legacy. With an urgency to tell the stories of those who helped create the centre, as a team we raise questions and don’t always establish answers.

 

I was drawn to this role for its varied nature, offering a first point of contact for the public, assisting our Producer, managing social media and driving engagement, with a view to developing some creative content. The Holocaust Exhibition and Learning Centre is young, so this is an exciting time to witness development and progress. I am interested in connecting with new audiences, particularly the LGBTQIA+ community, as I feel strongly about issues relating to identity, representation and inclusion. The notion that identity can be given and not chosen is part of Holocaust history, as is placing people in dangerous and reductive boxes. I see this role as an important one, for anyone who has been considered ‘other’, faced persecution, prejudice or discrimination. I hope to help further our reach in this field and learn a lot in the process.

 

Follow me on Instagram: annalear.design

 

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