Independent Artist: Mirta Kupferminc
The story of the Tower of Babel is an archetype of contemporary thought. In biblical times, men wanted to build a tower that would reach the sky to see the world from above, through and from a godly perspective. God avoided it, not by destroying their understanding, but by obstructing their communication.
The birth of “The Other” is related to the moment when the Tower of Babel crumbled.
Nothing exists until it is named. But the name itself does not exist in a vacuum; it is intrinsically attached to what we learned through our own culture.
"Learning to speak" would then preserve that distance with strangeness that separates and binds me to my neighbor. In a relation of “togetherness”.
Transit, exile, diaspora; therefore are not only mere historical and geographical situations, but spatial metaphors of human existence.
As a daughter of immigrants I was raised as a “stranger” in my own homeland. Another language was spoken in my home, and I learned variants of a so-called “mother tongue”.
Open existence to a dimension of otherness… This is a challenge that we humans have to face, to be able to survive.
Venue: Hamachtarot Museum