United Colors of Judaica - Eliahou Eric Bokobza - Multiple Jewish Identities: A New Perspective
United Colors of Judaica, a solo exhibition by Eliahou Eric Bokobza, is an inspiring discussion of the ethnic, religious and cultural aspects of Jewish identity.
The exhibition has three main sections: La Famiglia – a Seder or Shabbat table representing national festivals and personal dramas alongside three family trees (genealogy); Holidays – a series of drawings depicting Jewish festivals; and Lifecycle – a series of drawings depicting milestone events in the life of a Jewish male.
Items from the Judaica collection of the Bar David Museum at Kibbutz Baram, William Gross Collection and Beit Hatfutsot collection are displayed alongside the paintings in the Holidays and Lifecycle sections and as part of the Famiglia table display. These items from across varying historical periods demonstrate an additional link to the Jewish past.
United Colors of Judaica echoes a will and a hope to recognize secular Judaism as a complete and uncontested identity.
Eric Bokobza was born in Paris to Jewish Tunisian parents. His family immigrated to Israel in 1969. Bokobza held his first solo exhibition in 2000. He has since held several solo exhibitions, including “Bezalel – Version B” at the Artists House in Jerusalem (2006) marking Bezalel’s 100th anniversary; “Jaffa” at the Gutman Museum, Tel Aviv (2010); and “Nationality: Jewish” at the Ein Harod Museum of Art (2012). In 2014, Bokobza exhibited at the Jewish Museum in Amsterdam. He has participated in group exhibitions in museums throughout Israel, and in Berlin in 2005 his “The New Hebrews: A Century of Art in Israel” was displayed. His works are found in the collections of the Israel Museum, Ein Harod Museum, the Knesset and in private collections.
In the Press:
Chief Curator: Orit Shaham Gover
Exhibition Curator: Dr. Smadar Sheffi
Opening: July 21, 2015
Closing: February 2, 2016
Lady Sarah Cohen Hall