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Festiwal Kultury Żydowskiej

16 August 2023

In Judaism, the ritual that marks the moment just after sunset at the end of Shabbat or a festival is called Havdalah (הַבְדָּלָה). It reflects the act of differentiation between the profane and the holy, the every day and the transcendental. As with other rituals, it is performed according to a sequence of prescribed rules and instructions. Only when they have been carried out, is the transition considered complete. But what if we lingered in that liminality? ‘Lehavdíl’ (להבדיל), which means ‘to distinguish’ or ‘to separate’, explores Havdalah as a generative act that opens up a transitory space for experience. Between 28 June and 2 July, three international artists reinterpreted the ritual through a series of multi-sensory, intimate, affective and tactile art projects.

Curators: Lianne Mol & Yael Sherill, Curatorial Collective for Public Art

Project manager: Michał Dziewit

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MARIO is funded by the Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values Programme (2021-27) of the European Union (ref: 101091387).