Mindy Solomon Gallery is proud to introduce to the United States the solo exhibition debut of Tel Aviv based artist Shai Yehezkelli.
He was born in Jerusalem in 1979 and resides in Tel Aviv. Raised as an Orthodox Jew, Yehezkelli no longer practices at that level of observance, but continues to be fascinated by the objects associated with ritual practice. In an interview with arts blog Young Space, Yehezkelli opines:
“Well, yes. I was always interested in religion and specifically in Judaism. Maybe it has to do with the fact that I was educated in religious schools and grew up as an orthodox. Today I am very far from this environment, yet I am still infatuated with the rituals, and I keep finding its connections to territory that art claims to own in our culture. I like to play with the image of the Shofar, for instance, so that it’ll be understood as a pipe, or Tefillin as a modern black square. The aura is the same, the terminology is similar. Yet, art always fails to deliver what religion constantly gains.”
Additionally, Yehezkelli states:
The “Wandering Jew” is a Christian anti semitic myth, originated during the early medieval times, consisting of a narrative in which a Jew who taunted Jesus on the way to the Crucifixion and was then cursed to walk the earth until the Second Coming. Until then, this symbolic Jew shall not have a safe haven, a ground to stay on and he will be forever wandering and separated from his people, forever running away from its rightful prosecutors. Through the years, the myth has expanded so that this Eternal Jew became a threat as well: In his travels he exploits and harms the Christian people he encounters.