Under and Over Venice’s Waters: an artistic perspective (EN)26.06.2022 - 18:00 / Tempel Synagogue, ul. MIiodowa 24, | Live: 31.jewishfestival.pl
A meeting with the artists of Living Under Water exhibition: Andi Arnovitz (curator) and Meydad Eliyahu. Moderated by Shaul Bassi, President of Beit Venezia. We will focus on what Judaism has to tell us about climate change and how artists process and then respond and create to contemporary problems.
Shaul Bassi is Professor of English Literature at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, where he directs the Master’s Degree in Environmental Humanities. He is the co-founder and president of Beit Venezia. A Home for Jewish Culture and was the coordinator of the cultural projects related to the 500th anniversary of the Ghetto of Venice (1516-2016), where he spearheaded the production of the first performance of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice in the Ghetto. His books include Essere qualcun altro. Ebrei postmoderni e postcoloniali (2011), Shakespeare’s Italy and Italy’s Shakespeare: Place, “Race,” and Politics (2016), The Merchant in Venice. Shakespeare in the Ghetto (with Carol Chillington Rutter, 2021), Il cortile del mondo. Nuove storie dal Ghetto di Venezia (2021).
Meydad Eliyahu is a Jerusalem-based artist, curator, and educator. He works mainly on site-specific projects. Among his recent projects and exhibitions: The Box of Documents as part of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016 – Kashi Art Gallery project, Red Crown, Green Parrot, a public art project in Jew Town Kochi, as part of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2018, and Threshold, in the Wilfrid Israel Museum of Asian Art and Studies, Israel,2020.
Andi Arnovitz lives in Jerusalem, Israel. She is a conceptual artist, using etching, digital information and various printmaking processes, as well as fabric, thread and even porcelain to create both print series, artist books and large-scale installations.
Andi has exhibited her work in Europe, Asia and North America. Her work is in many private collections in both the United States and in Europe, as well as major universities, museums and institutions, including the US Library of Congress, the Israel National Library, The Museum of Art in Ein Harod, Yeshiva University Museum, The Museum of the Diaspora, Yale University, UCLA, and The Smithsonian Museum of American History.
Beit Venezia – A Home for Jewish Culture
The Venice Ghetto was founded in 1516 as a place of segregation. Against all odds, it became a cosmopolitan crossroads of different Jewish communities and an influential site of cultural exchange between Jews and non-Jews. This is the vision that inspires Beit Venezia (from the Hebrew bait – home), which aims to promote Jewish thought and culture and serve as a bridge between people of all cultures and religions.
Beit Venezia invites both residents and international visitors to live, learn, and create in Jewish Venice. In cooperation with international partners we foster education, research and artistic expression. Our programs include conferences, lectures, residencies and performances.