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Dina Goldstein : Snapshots from the Garden of Eden

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Once upon a time… the wicked witch was Lilith, Queen of the Demons, the magical apple came from the Garden of Eden, and the first Rapunzel was Princess Keziah, daughter of King Solomon, locked in a tower waiting for true love. The Museum of Jewish Montreal invites you to its new exhibition Snapshots from the Garden of Eden by Canadian contemporary artist Dina Goldstein to discover the unexpected parallels between contemporary concerns, well-loved fairytales, and the oft-neglected but rich tradition of Jewish fables. A collection of 11 large-scale black and white photographs, Snapshots reimagines modernized versions of characters and passages from Jewish fairytales, folk stories, and legends collected in the book Leaves from The Garden of Eden by award- winning folklorist Howard Schwartz. Drawn from Jewish oral and written traditions across the centuries, the stories span the Jewish world — from Italy to Afghanistan — bringing to life the diversity and vibrancy of this overlooked area of Jewish storytelling and heritage. Renowned for her inventive reinterpretations of cultural symbols, Goldstein’s Snapshots reframes Jewish lore both famed and forgotten through the...

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