Art Exhibition co-ordinating with Shir Madness

March 15, 2012 by Geoff Sirmai
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Shir Madness, Sydney’s internationally acclaimed Jewish Music festival (Sunday 25 March 2012 at Bondi Pavilion) also goes visual this year visual with the Inheritance art exhibition.
Subtitled “What will it give you? I just want you to be happy.”

Curator Estelle Rozinski promises both laughter and tears as you experience each artist’s engagement with their personal ‘inheritance’.

The Gala Opening is set for Tuesday 20 March 2012 @ 6.30 pm in the Bondi Pavilion Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Beach.
It will continue until 1 April.
Special guest opening the event is Jane Korman (Dancing Auschwitz).

Says Esther: “Engage your senses with some of Australia’s leading and emerging photographic, multi-media, installation, glass and ceramic artists: Vicki Moliver, Lia Klugman, Anne Zahalka, Sue Saxon, Jane Korman, Estelle Rozinski, Shani Eliraz, Sande Bruch, Keith Kearney, Jean Kearney, David Brook, Sid Sledge and more, in an exhibition which celebrates contemporary Jewish life in Australia.

“It was my overall aim, to take the audience on a roller coaster ride of emotions,
at times poignant and times humourous. I wanted the audience to stop, think, laugh and cry?

“The work I received, was rich in narrative and history because every artist , indeed every person has their story and beyond that story there is an ‘Inheritance.’ Inheritance is a ‘gift’ you receive without asking, it is something you are ‘daubed’ with consciously and/or unconsciously, beyond material possession, it includes memory, your own, and the memories of your ancestors as if they were your own.

“Inheritance as a concept, straddled the ‘difference’ divide of the group’s personal, historic, linguistic and cultural diversity.

“Regardless of their background,  the artists’ inheritance is clear.

“In my case I inherited a war! It informs my life and my choices every day. It informs the way I see, the way I breath, the way I choose my jobs, my need for social justice and the way I love. It also gives me the passion and the drive I need to create something beautiful.

“Beyond the show I had several aims:

•    to showcase Australian and international Jewish artist’s excellence in the visual arts,
•    to create a community of artists,
•    to establish an encouraging mentoring environment for young artists, we are exhibiting 8 young artists , 5 of whom have parents also exhibiting
•    to be as inclusive as possible, our group is: diverse in age, 14 -90 years, diverse in culture from Europe, Africa the Middle East and Australia, diverse in language, diverse in social expectation and belief and diverse in spiritual practice. Refugee, Pre war migrant, Survivor, Student, Scientist, Teacher; and finally
•    to showcase the new series of Judaica and ceremonial objects.

So, what will it give you?
The show is as diverse as each of you who come to share this visual legacy.”

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