OTT – Citizens of the Text

An exhibition of contemporary art curated by OTT/Citizens Of The Text
Commemorating the 500th Anniversary of the Jewish Ghetto in Venice
with artwork by
Ghiora Aharoni, Edith Derdyk, Yael Kanarek and Mirta Kupferminc 
26 May-25 September 2016

Palazzo Fontana Cannaregio 3829
Calle Palazzo Fontana
HOURS: TUE – SUN 10am – 6pm

Inspired by the 500th anniversary of the Jewish Ghettoʼs creation in Venice,
 Divided Waters examines the origins of existence and the resonance of being through the lens of text. Artists from the northern and southern hemispheres present works that explore universal ideas of creation, existence and co-existence which reverberate with the particular history of Venice as well as a narrative unrestricted by place or time.

Text is the anchor that grounds and unites—creating a people not of place, but of the letter, of the word. If, as Freud said, Judaism is an invisible building constructed on top of a loss that granted meaning as a cultural foundation, the Venetian decree of 1516 that forced Jews to live in what would be the first “ghetto,” was also the creation of a cultural territory.

The act of creation and our relationship to space inform the works in the exhibition, oscillating between the physical, the metaphysical and the spiritual. While seemingly codifying boundaries, divisions become a means to create spaces imbued with meaning that challenge our perception of limits.

Employing the physical construct of letters and words as a method of demarcation invites the viewer to contemplate an alternative realm where significance expands— be it a chuppah made from the Song of Songs; an oculus formed with the word “eye”; integrating the duality of a void and the whole; or layering text to create a pulse of light within darkness.

These text-based works venerate the historical import of the Jewish Ghetto—a place divided from the rest of Venice by water—and at the same time transcend temporal, geographic and cultural boundaries, conjuring a realm which bridges the divide.

The exhibition, drawing on the Jewish tradition of reflecting upon text, uses text- based art as a lens through which one can ruminate on the state of our contemporary society. The art in the exhibition explores the notion of how we might unify the dualities we perceive as separations and employ compassion as way to construct a different reality—inviting the viewer to consider that we are all one, all part of a shared humanity.

Divided Waters. Read about the exhibition here:  Divided Waters Curatorial Statement ENG-2

Other OTT events in Venice:

Settmbre 21-25

Artists Residency
Palazzo Fontana Cannaregio 3829
Il programma si svolge intorno ad una Residenza per artisti.
Un gruppo di Artisti internazionali saranno guidati da Ruby Namdar.

Durante la residenza, gli artisti potranno studiare insieme l’intersezione di antichi testi ebraici con testi relativi al Ghetto Ebraico e il suo significato.

La residenza comprenderà visite alle bibblioteche di Venezia.

Settembre 21-25:

Palazzo Fontana Cannaregio 3829

in the Jewish Ghetto 

Ruby Namdar,
Scrittore israeliano autore di “The Destroyed House”, vincitore del Sapir Prize 2015, il riconoscimento letterario israeliano più importante.

Peter Miller
Membro della MacArthur e decano di The Bard Graduate Center, New York

Nathaniel Berman
Professore di Affari Internazionali, Legge e Cultura Moderna, Brown University.

OTT in ebraico significa “Lettera” ma è anche acronimo di “Of The Text”

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