Generation D: Identities
Flomenhaft Gallery Annex, 547 W 27 Street, Suite 528, N.Y.
Tues., Dec. 14, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. 2010
Co-hosted by the the Jewish Art Salon,
Contact: Katrina Ellis/212-268-4952.
An exhibit celebrating Jewish diversity
The gallery annex will feature the work of Siona Benjamin, originally from Bombay, now living in the U.S. Her work reflects her background of being raised Jewish in predominantly Hindu and Muslim India. In addition, images will be projected of works by Jewish Art Salon artists and guests.
Curators: Elke Reva Sudin and Julian Voloj. Curatorial advisor: Yona Verwer.
“Who is a Jew and what is typically Jewish? In an increasingly diverse American society, American Judaism presents itself in many different forms, and these Judaisms are as multi-layered culturally as they are ethnically or religiously,” says Julian Voloj. “While preconceptions shape our image of ourselves and of “others” and our sense of belonging to a group, this exhibition showing diverse answers to the question of Jewish identity challenge these simplifications.”
“My personal interest in this project is the diversity of Jewish identities in the 21st century, be it cultural, religious, ethnic etc. As a photographer, I am permanently exploring Jewish identity and have in the past portrayed African American Jews, Hassidim, and Jews of different ethnic backgrounds as well as Bnai Anusim.”
“Generation D Identities is about an unapologetic approach for minority cultures who are taking command of their heritage through their art. The art is a flag of honor, a sign not to give in to greater societal pressures but rather a celebration of individualism within a greater community. My hope for this project is to inspire others to be proud of their own uniqueness, and their heritage, with honor for both.”
Yona Verwer – Curatorial Advisor
Lacey Schwartz, Be’chol Lashon Director of Outreach
Be’chol Lashon (In Every Tongue) grows and strengthens the Jewish people through ethnic, cultural, and racial inclusiveness. We advocate for the diversity that has characterized the Jewish people throughout history, and through contemporary forces including intermarriage, conversion and adoption. We foster an expanding Jewish community that embraces its differences. Partnering with Jewish Art Salon connects to our strong belief in the power of art to get people thinking and talking about issues of Jewish identity.