The House of Life, a poetic and expansive installation by Hadassa Goldvicht, explores themes of historical memory; the threshold between life, death, myth, and art; and the rapidly changing nature of Venice, via a multi-channel video work installed at the Querini Stampalia in conjunction with the Venice Biennale. The installations follows Aldo Izzo, the 86-year-old guardian and keeper of the Jewish cemeteries in Venice.
Goldvicht’s work often takes as its subject intimate conversations with members of a community or institution, unraveling language and gesture to reveal socially and politically charged content. The House of Life began as an exploration of Venice’s Jewish community through personal conversations with its members, when Goldvicht was an artist-in-residence at Beit Venezia, a Cultural Jewish Foundation in Venice. These conversations evoked deep emotional responses that spoke to the city’s struggle. Through Izzo, who introduced her to the city’s Jewish cemeteries, Goldvicht began to see the plight of these specific sites as an allegory for the struggles of the city itself.
until 26 November 2016
Hadassa Goldvicht, The House of Life
Fondazione Querini Stampalia
Santa Maria Formosa, Venice
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