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Havdala – the art of distinction that creates oneness

Project details

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‘Havdalah: The Art of Distinction’ is a project of three participatory artworks curated by the Curatorial Collective for Public Art (Lianne Mol, Yael Sherill, Julia Kawka) for the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow. The project explores the Havdalah, a Jewish ritual performed to distinguish between holy and unholy times at the closing of Shabbat and holidays. Three international, transdisciplinary artists: Shelley Etkin, Gabriel Hensche, and Wojtek Blecharz will be invited to explore the ritual through artistic research and work with local collaborators as well as an international group of volunteers to reinterpret the ritual’s performative, multi-sensory qualities. They will develop personal, intimate, affective and tactile environments and actions through which the audience is invited to communally explore the transformative spiritual nature of the ritual.

The project will consist of three full-day workshops, each day with a different artist and a curatorial meeting on the first day to present and discuss the meaning and symbolism of Havdala.

Grant Amount: 15.000 EUR

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