On Friendship/(Collateral Damage) V

Between Graveyard and Museum's Sphere
Het Nieuwe Domein, Ligne 5, Sittar
(February 3 2024 - June 6 2024)

Created by Joseph Sassoon Semah
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Joseph Sassoon Semah guides visitors through significant moments in Jewish history, culture, and the relation between the West and the East. Simultaneously, he explores his personal Galut (diaspora)-the complex identity being created by traditions in Baghdad, Jerusalem, and Amsterdam. The exhibition title alludes to life in exile ('Galut') with no motherland and physical cultural heritage to return to (personal graveyard), as well to the museum, which has already erased the knowledge of the Jewish layers of imagery/meaning in Western artworks (universal graveyard). Each of Sassoon Semah's artworks in Het Nieuwe Domein serves as a witness to the profound loss, and at the same time reclaiming the lost world and making Jewish culture, symbols, tradition, and identity visible in a different cultural environment. He demands recognition and acknowledgement for the lost knowledge of Judaism and thus liberates himself from his Dis-placement.


Joseph Sassoon Semah, Peter Baren, Masja Austen, Emile Schrijver, Ulco Mes, Theresie Tholen, Aletha Steijns, Jom Semah
Camera & Editing: Bob Schoo. www.n-p-n.info




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