‘On Friendship/(Collateral Damage) III – The Third GaLUT: Baghdad, Jerusalem, Amsterdam’
Joseph Sassoon Semah shares his lost cultural legacy through visual arts, performances, debates and lectures.
Two identical artworks are set up simultaneously in two different places. The shape of the objects is based on the memory that artist Joseph Sassoon Semah has of the entrance of a public air-raid shelter in Tel Aviv. One of these objects is in the Jewish Historical Museum. The other object is at the natural stone company of Yasin Kalac, Redstone, also in Amsterdam.
With his art manifestation On Friendship / (Collateral Damage) III - The Third GaLUT: Baghdad, Jerusalem, Amsterdam, Semah makes a poetic and critical search for these three cities. All three have always been hospitable and tolerant places of refuge, but are they today? What is the place of the "guest" when it demands its place and becomes the host? In this way Semah examines the nature of exile and exile, of diaspora and return.
36 artworks, 36 locations
For this art manifestation Semah designed 36 models on the scale of houses, cultural institutions, synagogue and cemeteries from his past. From September 7, 2019 to January 19, 2020, these can be seen at 36 different locations in Amsterdam. The Jewish Historical Museum is one of the 36 locations.
Artist Joseph Sassoon Semah (Iraq, 1948) is the grandson of the last Chief Rabbi of Baghdad. In 1950, the Semah family, like over 120,000 other Bagdadi Jews, was relocated to Israel. They were forced to leave their culture and possessions behind. Now he works and lives in Amsterdam. Semah shares his Babylonian-Jewish lost cultural heritage with visual arts, performances and debates.
To read the letter that started this all, click here.
Kunstkabinet in the Jewish Historical Museum
Nieuwe Amstelstraat 1
1011 PL Amsterdam
Metropool International Art Projects Foundation
Curator: Linda Bouws
For info and data "On Friendship / (Collateral Damage) III - The Third GaLUT: Baghdad, Jerusalem, Amsterdam" see http://rozenbergquarterly.com
Banner image: EIR MiKLaT, The City of Refuge. [Epistemic מקום בתוך מקום MaKOM in MaKOM] 1986. 2x - wood, bronze, 200 x 200 x 72 cm. The form of the footnotes (artworks) is based on a childhood memory of a public entrance to a bomb shelter, in Tel-Aviv, Israel.