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Hadassa Goldvicht: Jonah

December 22, 2016-May 9, 2017

Location: Aaron Levy Hall

Artist: Hadassa Goldvicht

Curator: Amitai Mendelsohn

In 2012 Hadassah Goldvicht created a “living space” inside a giant sculpture of a whale, where she, her spouse, and their two daughters went about the routine of daily life. This brief film captures a very small slice of three years’ of staging and documentation, alluding to the prophet Jonah's three-day sojourn inside a whale as well as to traditional depictions of the Holy Family – Joseph, Mary, and the newborn baby in his manger – seated in a cave-like space. Goldvicht raises questions about the complex relationship between real life, miraculous stories, and art, blurring the boundaries between them.

Jonah, 2012–15
Video, 8:33 mins.
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Purchase, “Here & Now” Contemporary Israeli Art Acquisitions Committee, Israel, with additional support from Efrat Weiman Gershuni, in honor of her parents, Shulamit and Itzhak Weiman, Tel Aviv

The work was created during a long term residency in the Art Cube Artists' Studios, Jerusalem