Berlin art show explores tradition and taboo in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

Ruby Russell, ENInews, Jul.17,

An exhibition showing this summer in Berlin entitled “Journey to Jerusalem: Artistic Positions Between Religion, Tradition and Taboo” brings together the work of ten artists who deal with the place of religion in contemporary life.

Spanning photography, painting, video, and installation, the works on show at the Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien are often challenging. Stevie Hanley looks at religious taboos through obsessively intricate and often sinister ink drawings, while Nezaket Ekici’s portraits of a woman dressed in a fully-covering chador and petting a piglet are both comic and uncomfortable.

Zohar Fraiman, meanwhile, explores sexuality and the role of women in Orthodox Jewish society in paintings that are heavy with the threat of violence, but avoid the simplistic discourse of female victims and male perpetrators.

The exhibition’s curator, Stephane Bauer, says it aims to explore common themes in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, as well as create a visual dialogue between them.

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