2010-2014 > The New Tribe(s) in Altneuland

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Oil on Linen
3' x 5'
2012
Kaparot
Oil on Linen
2013
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OIl on Canvas
September 2012
Settling
36 x 40
2013
Anat Hoffman's Imposition
Oil on Panel
8 x 10
2013
Hay is for Chutzpa
Oil on Canvas
16 x 20
2013
In Jerusalem We Hug Like Brothers
Oil on Canvas
8 x 8
2013
Agur / my mountain
Oil on Linen
8 x 10
2013
Facing The Alternative
Oil on Canvas
16 x 20
2013
Security Blankets
Oil on Canvas
24 x 24
2013

2012

Altneuland (“Old New Land”) is a Utopian novel written by Theodore Herzl in 1902. The title describes a civilization that champions progress, renewal and intellect yet is founded in the land’s rich history and tradition. Herzl, founder of Political Zionism outlines his vision for this “New Society” founded by Jews in the land of Israel. He presents a multi-lingual society that integrates concepts of egalitarianism, liberalism, and socialism into a model Herzl termed “Mutualism”. The story also serves as a reminder of the perils of xenophobia if seeped into politics and thus unto civilization.

The New Tribe In Altneuland gave me the platform to reassess Herzl’s vision, giving life to a new cast characterized by religious and political conventions. This group is given a chance to reestablish themselves in their own Altneuland. The narrative of these people is one of discovery of identity, division into group, and unification as a community despite both their physical and philosophical differences.