Curator: Dr. Batsheva Goldman-Ida
Participating Artists: Cécile Reims / Joseph Dadoune / Rachel Koskas / Sandra Zemor / Shmuel Ackerman
"To and Fro" is a group exhibition of French artists or artists residing in France related to the relevant texts of Rabbi Nahman in their French interpretation.
Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav (1772-1810) was born in Miedzyboz, the home of his grandfather, the founder of Hasidism, Rabbi Israel Ba’al Shem Tov (the Master of the Divine Name). The Hasidic movement began as a grassroots, friendly, association to enable the lower classes to reconnect with the spiritual in a mundane existence. The communal movement emphasized dialogue and good deeds. The Hasidic masters were highly sophisticated in their understanding of Jewish mystical sources. Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav, especially, sought through his imaginative stories, published in Hebrew and the vernacular Yiddish, to make them accessible to all classes.
This project takes Rabbi Nahman’s intent one-step further, bringing together works of art inspired by his writings, which draw the viewer closer to the meaning of the tales and parables. These canonical writings expressed in art strengthen Jewish identity and diffuse Jewish culture to a wider public.
The Jews of France have a unique understanding and interpretation of Rabbi Nahman’s writings. Many of the artworks created in response to the lens of translation and commentary in French are extremely delicate and complex. Each translation is a commentary, and the finesse of these works of art reflect a new level of spirituality, seen as a watershed event.
Venue: The Polonsky Building of the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute
Preview of Artworks (In Order): Cécile Reims from the series LElan Vital | Sandra Zemor's The Lost Princess Prayer Box | Shmuel Ackerman's Megillat Bratslav | Gregory Abou's Cedar Structure, Yakushima Japan | Rachel Koskas's Elastique Comme La Peau Du Cerf | Joseph Dadoune's Blind Spot - Lightning