Frydlewsky had worked in the past with Cynthia Schmidt-Cruz,
associate professor of languages, literatures and cultures and director
of the Center for Global and Area Studies, who suggested her to Miller
for the artist-in-residence program.
In addition to that program of global arts, her talks and exhibits in
Delaware were supported by the English Language Institute, Center for
Global and Area Studies, College of Arts and Sciences and the Frank and
Yetta Chaiken Center for Jewish Studies at UD, the Jewish Community
Relations Committee of Delaware and ArtSpace at Siegel JCC.
Although her residency has ended, the exhibition of her work at
the Tower at STAR atrium on the University’s STAR campus, is open to the
public. The works there span much of her work as a photojournalist,
covering such topics as Argentine arts and culture, politics and
protest, shantytowns and the rural province of Entre Rios.
A particular focus is “The Last Jewish Gaucho,” images of the life of
the late Jaime Jruz, who worked the land in his Entre Rios village, a
community founded by Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe in the 1890s.
The project began as a feature story in collaboration with the Washington Post; Frydlewsky later returned on her own to continue her profile of Jruz and of the vanishing lifestyle of Jewish gauchos.
The Global Arts program, which has brought visual artists, musicians,
dancers and storytellers from around the world to UD and the nearby
community in recent years, plans to continue next academic year with
artists visiting during fall and spring semesters.
Article by Ann Manser; photos by Evan Krape and courtesy of Silvina Frydlewsky