An Aguna’s Journey
In advance of International Women’s Day (March 8th) and International Aguna Day (March 9th – the Fast of Esther), guided tours of the exhibition “An Aguna’s Journey” will be open to the public at Ohr Torah Stone’s Yad La’isha offices, displaying works of art highlighting the plight of chained women.
In honor of International Women’s Day (March 8th) and International Aguna Day (March 9th – the Fast of Esther), guided tours of the permanent art exhibition “An Aguna’s Journey” will be available at the flagship offices of Yad La’isha: The Monica Dennis Goldberg Legal Aid Center and Hotline.
The focal point of the exhibition is the “Coat of the Agunot,” by well-known artist Andi Arnovitz. The artist herself was on hand at the launch of the exhibition to explain how she composed the coats of this renowned series out of of hundreds and hundreds of shredded marriage certificates, a metaphor for the state of the aguna’s marriage. Reassembled into bulky and enormous coats, sewn shut at the sleeves and hems, the coats allude to her trapped, hopeless state. This work, which had been on display in the Jerusalem home of the late Marcel and Belda Lindenbaum z”l, was donated by the Lindenbaum family.
The exhibit’s remaining twelve works were curated from projects commissioned by Yad La’isha. “Status Pending,” a photographic exhibition which was displayed in the Knesset in 2016 on International Aguna Day, focuses on the impossible situation in which women served by Yad La’isha find themselves; and “Illustrating Freedom” is a series of illustrations by Israeli artists based upon the stories of Yad La’isha clients who had been freed by the Center from their chained marriages, reflecting their dreams for a new life.
“The exhibition offers a unique perspective on the status of chained women,” says Yad La’isha director Pnina Omer. “Words become superfluous when the media of photography and illustration are used. Visitors to this exhibition are emotionally drawn into the world of the aguna and are given an opportunity to face up to the individual journey that the chained women and those who are still refused a get endure. Each woman has her own story, difficulties and challenges on her anguished journey to freedom. The exhibition we commissioned is another way of increasing awareness of the plight of chained women. Yad La’isha will continue working to release these women, a mission we began 20 years ago.”
After March 9th, the exhibition will be open to the public by prior arrangement. Guided tours are available for groups. Free entry. (02) 671-0876