Curator: Ilan Wizgan
Participating Artist: Anne Sassoon
The solo exhibition of Anne Sassoon examines duality, duplication, division and controversy. Her early and late paintings and drawings reveal an attitude that always makes room for the Other and for different perspectives: there is no absolute truth, but different possibilities for interpretation and the examination of reality. Sassoon attempts to get to the root of the conflict between the Israeli and Palestinian peoples through the prism of sacrificing sons. The binding of the son is a central theme in the Jewish and Muslim faiths and demarcates the beginning of their dispute. Genesis describes the binding of Isaac, while in the Koran, it is Ishmael who is the bound son, and, therefore, also the protagonist and the preferred son. This allegory hints at the artist’s perception of the conflict as having deep roots, and as such may not be solved in our lifetime. The image of the young Dalai Lama is a second allegory that expands the discussion. Identified at age three as the successor and spiritual incarnation of the former Dalai Lama, he was therefore taken from his family to the Dalai Lama's residence, where he was raised and educated separately to fulfill his mission. In the story of the Dalai Lama, as well as in the stories of prophets and monks in the Bible and in other religions and mythologies, the divine choice is often related to sacrifice and a harsh fate, displacement, and leaving the family for a physical or metaphorical desert.
Anne Sassoon shows herself to be a sympathetic, caring artist, anxious for Israeli existence and the country’s future. In sensitive paintings and drawings, she depicts human encounters. Warning signs are scattered throughout her work that call on us to stop and reflect on our present situation here for the future of both peoples.
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