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Distant Cousins: Muslim
and Jewish Women Speak
Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, New York, NY,
May 27- 30th 2011


Title: Garments of Light
Year Completed: 2011
Dimensions: 12 x 18 inches,
Archival Mat: 18 x 24 inches
Medium: Fine Art Exhibition Inkjet Paper with Archival Pigmented Inks,  Edition: 10

Garments of LIfe

Garments of Light

In this composite image two teenage girls are wearing ceremonial clothing that express their relationship to their God. The two images are stitched onto a collaged border of transparent headscarves and embroidered tallit. These layers, transparent and solid, represent the unspoken dialogue and visible and invisible threads that link their youthful fashion, desire for education and religious culture. Both the jilbab and the tallit can be used to cover the head and shoulders with the intention and direction of enhanced prayers.

On the day of her Bat Mitzvah, thirteen year-old Faith, adorned with an embroidered tallit, is standing in front of a stained glass window at her synagogue in New Jersey USA.  The fringes of the tallit’s four corners hold the tzitzit. The Torah, the divine Jewish texts, instructs Jews to wear these fringes as a way of remembering and doing all God’s commandments.

Recitation from the Torah in synagogue is an ancient Jewish ritual once reserved for a boys’ rite of passage to Jewish education and adulthood. After thousands of years of exclusion, only in recent decades have girls been allowed to wear a tallit, study Torah, and take part in this sacred Bat Mitzvah ceremony.

Rena, a twelve-year-old at an orphanage in Banda Aceh, Indonesia is wearing a jilbab. Wearing the jilbab symbolizes adherence to Allah’s commandments in the Qur’an, the Islamic holy text. The interpretation of the text encourages modesty and social propriety for girls and women.

Rena lost her parents to the Asian tsunami and is living in a once secular state moving towards a fundamentalist interpretation of Islamic traditions. When photographed she was carrying her notebook, but her education was soon to end as girls are no longer being allowed to attend these classes.


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