Solo exhibition by Lili Almog
Curator: Eilat Lieber, director and cheif curator of the Tower of David Museum
Catalog text: Emily Bilski
Throughout our world, women of faith are influenced by multiple global upheavals and are adapting their appearance to reflect changes in attitudes and values. The veiling of women plays a pivotal role in all major religious and social systems across a wide range of cultures. It is a vital component of social control by religious communities to constrain their female members through appearance; in many cases, cover-dress identifies, separates, and even protects, women from evil forces in other societies.
The act of veiling women is rooted in many historical sources and cultures prehistoric goddesses such as Ishtar, western Christian medieval religious icons, Russian working women (Babushkas), and more recent expressions of Orthodox Judaism. By being shrouded in black, these women both reference and negate the distinc- tion between specific cultures and religions. The veil is a symbol of female “identity crisis” in the midst of religious turmoil. It reminds us that as worldwide religious conflict intensifies, the blurred distinctions of religious identity and antagonists leave us in a state of confusion bringing upon more questions than answers about the meaning of these conflicts.
The obscured woman under the black dress are transformed into silhouettes creating a barrier within the urban landscape instilling curiosity over the missing information. Simultaneously, the strong presence of these silhouettes creating “negative space” fill our imagination with thoughts and fantasies, entreating us to actively participate in the visual interplay of personality and culture.
Venue: Tower of David Museum