AWNM Does Broward '15
Utilizing the melodramatic and larger-than-life style of Yiddish Theater and the Purim Spiel, and with my paintings functioning as the masks, settings, and props, I inscribed my father's tragedy into the long-held tradition of the spiel. My personal narrative became A Whole New Megillah in the inaugural event.
My dad was the protagonist and his story was translated into biblical proportion and given a significance that empowered him and our family. I created a new narrative with old themes referencing both the text of personal lawsuits and of the Megillah- the fifth book of the Tanach (aka Old Testament).
The corruption in the Broward County courthouse reflects a pattern of abuse of discretion throughout the country. I re-contextualed a personal and political drama to give it the weight, monument, and absurdity that it holds in my own life, and that I feel it deserves. I wanted to see my father's enemy booed- his name drowned out by a shared disgust. I want to expose his enemies as corrupt and equate them to evil.