The Art of Siona Benjamin

Pantomime in Pardes

Pantomime in Pardes

Light box installation
size variable
2006

This piece was made possible by a grant from Wave Hill, NY. Pardes is a Hebrew word meaning "garden" and Pardes means "foreign land" in Urdu/Hindi. I created my own paradise or garden by propelling one of the figures into another zone...or into that foreign land. The army of women at the bottom are taken from one of my paintings about Esther from the story of Purim. Also in the crowd of women below is a blue tinted photo of my great-great grandfather from Pune, India. This ancestors image also reminds us of the place the immigrant has left behind. In this piece I try to show the past and the future simultaneously.



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mixed media installations
size approximately 15" wide x 24" length
2013

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