In 2016, the Tom Lantos Institute launched an art project entitled ‘Vanishing Points’. The initiative was aimed at contributing to the understanding of the Shoah in Hungary and the post-Holocaust history of Hungarian Jewry through the works of contemporary artists. The first edition of the project centred on the Arrow Cross rule and German occupation in Budapest. In 2017, Vanishing Points 2.0 focused on the events that took place in the countryside between 1945 and 1948, depicting the experiences of Jewish survivors returning home. In 2019, the third edition of the project explored antisemitism in the early years of the Kádár era.
In 2021, we plan to resume the project and expand its geographical scope. Vanishing Points 4.0 will explore how the situation of the local Jewry evolved in the post-communist era in the Visegrád countries and how antisemitism continued to be manifested in the region following the fall of the Iron Curtain. The art creations will be exhibited both virtually on the Tumblr page, and physically in the Trafó Gallery, a contemporary art gallery in Budapest.
The art project is curated by Tamás Don, who was awarded with the Ludwig Museum’s ARTtransfer Prize for advancing transmission and popularity of contemporary art in 2020.