2020 HBI Artist Exhibition

Shterna Goldbloom | Ich Bin Di Sitra Achra (I Am the Other)

March 4, 2020 – July 3, 2020

Hadassah-Brandeis Institute

Ich Bin Di Sitra Achra (I Am the Other). Two people sitting in a field. One is holding a challah. They are passing each other red string.

The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute is proud to present “Ich Bin Di Sitra Achra (I Am the Other)” by Shterna Goldbloom. Goldbloom’s wistful photographic self-portraits bridge memories and experiences of the artist’s own Hasidic upbringing, with historical and invented personae. As the artist transforms herself in each composed image through dress, posture and setting, her photographs come together to present a singular but complicated expression of self as a queer Jewish woman. 

Goldbloom reinterprets the Hasidic term “Sitra Achra,” used to describe things considered to be on the "other side" of holiness — like queers and women who don't fit traditional definitions of femininity. In “Ich Bin Di Sitra Achra (I Am the Other),” the artist presents the many faces that can exist between tradition and heresy. Her gesture before the camera makes these conflicting identities visible, giving agency to those who might otherwise be obscured.


Shterna Goldbloom | Artist Lecture

March 4, 2020

5-8 p.m.

Lecture at 5 p.m. (reception to follow)

Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Artist Shterna Goldbloom will discuss her work and process in "Ich Bin Di Sitra Achra (I Am the Other)"

Exercises for the Quiet Eye with Annie Storr

March 25, 2020

2:30-4 p.m.

WSRC Scholar, art historian and museum educator, Annie Storr leads art experiencing exercises through the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute exhibition "Ich Bin Di Sitra Achra (I am the Other)" by Shterna Goldbloom. Storr developed Exercises for the Quiet Eye (EQE) to encourage patient reflection, appreciation, and an attempt to avoid the rush to understand, or determine a set interpretation for what we see.