MELISSA SHIFF Reframing Ritual: Postmodern Jewish Wedding
From 06. 04. 2006 to 04. 06. 2006
Main aisle of the Spanish Synagogue
April 6 – June 4, 2006, open daily 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. except Saturdays and Jewish holidays
The project of young Canadian artist, Melissa Shiff, offers an alternative look at a traditional Jewish wedding ceremony. Led by an effort to enliven the rigid ritual practice that has remained unchanged for centuries and the desire to give it a new meaning that can be sustainable in today’s plurality of opinions and identities, the artist has decided to prepare her own wedding as an experimental ‘live performance’.
She uses a range of contemporary art techniques (installation and choreographic performance complemented by digital video projections and computer enhanced photos) and intellectual strategies (criticism of religious text from the point of view of gender and multicultural experience). The result of this innovative approach is a ritual with a traditional function and a freshly restructured content. In Prague, Shiff will introduce the 20-minute video project in a presentation specially edited for the Year of Jewish Culture prepared by the Jewish Museum. The video installation will include the music of the klezmer-hip hop fusion “Solomon and So Called’s Hip Hop Khasene” and will be located on the main aisle of the Spanish Synagogue.
Curated by Michaela Hájková.