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

March 4, 2020 – July 3, 2020

Please note: The Kniznick Gallery will be closed to the public until further notice. See virtual programming details below. 

Hadassah-Brandeis Institute

image of the same woman represented by two different figures

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.

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  • woman shaking white cloth out to dry

    Shterna Goldbloom, "Airing Bedikah Cloths," 2015. archival pigment print

  • white shirt collar with words, "ask the rabbi," hanging out to dry

    Shterna Goldbloom, "Ask The Rabbi," 2015. archival pigment print

  • two people in bed

    Shterna Goldbloom, "In Bed," 2015. archival pigment print

  • woman carrying buckets through the streets, men looking on

    Shterna Goldbloom, "Ghetto Vecchio," 2016. archival pigment print

  • woman lying in cave with red rope

    Shterna Goldbloom, "Blood Line," 2015. archival pigment print

  • woman wearing head scarf holding chicken

    Shterna Goldbloom, "Kaporos," 2015. archival pigment print

  • woman in old cemetery with trash pile on one side

    Shterna Goldbloom, "Lodz, Poland, Jewish Cemetery, 4am," 2016. archival pigment print

  • close up image of woman inspecting an insect

    Shterna Goldbloom, "Neshomele," 2015. archival pigment print

  • image of two women in museum, historical clothing

    Shterna Goldbloom, "Rashi's Daughter," 2016. archival pigment print

  • woman wearing nightgown gazing through door

    Shterna Goldbloom, "Sara," 2016. archival pigment print

  • two women (Shterna Goldbloom) dressed differently holding hands in a field

    Shterna Goldbloom, "Ich Bin Di Sitra Achra," 2015. archival pigment print

  • woman wearing black dress, man's hand reaching in cutting her hair

    Shterna Goldbloom, "The Shechting," 2016. archival pigment print

  • woman looking at photograph in dark bedroom

    Shterna Goldbloom, "Two Bubbies," 2015. archival pigment print

  • image of woman standing near stone wall

    Shterna Goldbloom, "Wind Gusts through Krakow," 2016. archival pigment print

  • young woman leaning on ironing board, looking out the window

    Shterna Goldbloom, "West Rogers Park," 2014. archival pigment print

  • woman looking in the mirror, sticking her stomach out and holding it

    Shterna Goldbloom, "Chava," 2016. archival pigment print

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Events

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)"

Virtual Workshop: Self(ie) in Isolation with Shterna Goldbloom

May 3, 2020

 12:30-1:15 p.m. (EST)

As part of the Create@Brandeis Living Room Fest, Shterna Goldbloom leads a workshop in fine-tuning your selfie techniques during these selfie-necessary times. Goldbloom will talk about her self-portraits from her current exhibition “Ich Bin Di Sitra Achra (I Am the Other)” at the Kniznick Gallery through the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Artist Program. The workshop will cover angles, lighting, and playing with props. Please bring any objects you’d like to incorporate into your photo; large fabric pieces (ex. table cloth or sheet) and your most fabulous unworn outfits. Don’t forget a camera! (Any will do). 

Join the workshop via zoom

 

Sponsored by the Arts Engagement team of the Division of Creative Arts, Brandeis University. Create@Brandeis Living Room Fest, May 1-3, 2020 

image of young woman leaning on ironing board

Virtual Workshop: Exercises for the Quiet Eye with Annie Storr

May 27, 2020

2:00-2:45 p.m. (EST)

WSRC Scholar, museum educator and art historian, Annie Storr leads a virtual workshop in reflective looking using imagery from 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 and an attempt to avoid the rush to understand, or determine a set interpretation for what we see. Through a series of adapted exercises specifically formatted for virtual participation, the focus is to find new ways of experiencing art. The workshop will be held via ZOOM. Please have a pencil and pad of paper at hand.

rsvp for the zoom workshop