Nati Azenkot

Shima'leh

nati@azenkot.net

My work represents the discourse between the religious world in which I was
raised and the artistic world that I work in today. My family takes part in the
creative process: My mother was educated in an orthodox seminar with no
relation to the art, yet she provided me with brushes and imagery which I used
to photograph and she painted these photographs; My brothers documented
my work that at times was considered unusual in the world we grew up in,
like practicing Tai-Chi on my parent’s roof, or a pagan-like action of breaking
CDs before Shabat; Pictures of my father were taken on green background
while singing sacred songs, dressed in a traditional Hazan suit; The synagogue
stage and the holy cabinet were inspired by my father’s synagogue where he
participates as a rabbi and a Hazan and the screen is places where the bible
books are settled. In front of these stands a “Shimal’eh” doll, a common toy
for orthodox kids, represents the hybrid between the eastern jew and the western one.
I ask to take asset of these everyday actions of my family members as an excuse
to my artistic creation, as with this excuse I found a mutual visual language with them.