Mehitzah: Seen by Women

October 11, 2007 - January 13, 2008
Mezzanine Gallery

Myriam Tangi explores the distance and separation between men and women in the Jewish tradition, specifically in synagogues and places of prayer. Various architectural strategies are employed in order to ensure that men do not see women, and women have a limited view of men. The area for women is often placed behind the space for men, physically separated by a mehitzah which can be a curtain, a latticed wall, or a folding screen. The artist is an observant Jew, was born in Paris where she lives and works, and expresses her creativity in painting, poetry and photography.

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Myriam Tangi, Synagogue Tephilat Israel, Paris, France, 2007.