Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Intolerance, stereotyping make Siona Benjamin a blue Jew

By Auditi Guha
Jewish Indian artist Siona Benjamin's art reflects her multi-cultural upbringing 
MASSACHUSETTS---Blue skinned women, Hebrew or Hindi letters, and elaborate motifs from Hindu, Muslim, Jewish and Christian cultures make up Siona Benjamin’s vibrant canvas, with a purpose that is all too relevant in today’s world. “You might have different faces and you might have different religions but in the end we are all human beings,” said the visiting artist after a talk titled “Blue Like Me” at UMass Dartmouth’s Claire T. Carney library earlier this week. Her work shows that “jewish culture is alive and well” said Rabbi Jacqueline Romm Satlow, director of the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. [link]

"Vashti" (2006) from Siona Benjamin's "Finding Home" series