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Deddy Lifshitz
Creation's Details
Title: Kadesh Deminahor
Year: 1996
Dimensions: 11 photographs, each photograph 50x60cm
Material: Black-and-white print on paper, color prints on colored paper

This work is a glimpse into a Jewish world that looks pagan to many, a glimpse into a tradition that developed in the past few hundred years: prostrating oneself on the tombs of the righteous throughout the world. This work presents the pilgrimage of the kabbalist, Rabbi Abuhazeira, who, on his way to the Land of Israel, stopped to visit the Jewish community in Deminahor in Egypt, and died there.
According to tradition, every time there was an attempt to bring the remains of the kabbalist, Rabbi Abuhazeira, to Israel, a rainstorm prevented the mission. Therefore, it was concluded that his remains must stay buried in the place that he died.
In my work, I sought to express the strong feelings of people who live with this belief, with the beauty and aesthetics that are not inherent in that place. Although my appearance, opinions and thoughts were quite different and set me apart from these people, the openness and tolerance I encountered helped me in my attempt to understand their beliefs. My purpose is not to judge or to express an opinion, for or against this culture, but to glimpse into this world and represent it following the principle, “each man shall live according to his own beliefs.”
The work incorporates 11 photographs in black-and-white and in color. While the black-and-white photographs detach us from time, the color photographs remind us that this phenomenon takes place today.

 

Statement

This work is a glimpse into a Jewish world that looks pagan to many, a glimpse into a tradition that developed in the past few hundred years: prostrating oneself on the tombs of the righteous throughout the world. This work presents the pilgrimage of the kabbalist, Rabbi Abuhazeira, who, on his way to the Land of Israel, stopped to visit the Jewish community in Deminahor in Egypt, and died there.
According to tradition, every time there was an attempt to bring the remains of the kabbalist, Rabbi Abuhazeira, to Israel, a rainstorm prevented the mission. Therefore, it was concluded that his remains must stay buried in the place that he died.
In my work, I sought to express the strong feelings of people who live with this belief, with the beauty and aesthetics that are not inherent in that place. Although my appearance, opinions and thoughts were quite different and set me apart from these people, the openness and tolerance I encountered helped me in my attempt to understand their beliefs. My purpose is not to judge or to express an opinion, for or against this culture, but to glimpse into this world and represent it following the principle, “each man shall live according to his own beliefs.”
The work incorporates 11 photographs in black-and-white and in color. While the black-and-white photographs detach us from time, the color photographs remind us that this phenomenon takes place today.

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