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Dina Goldstein, Snapshots from the Garden of Eden


Snapshots from the Garden of Eden, by photographer Dina Goldstein, features eleven large-scale images with representing characters and passages from Leaves From The Garden Of Eden, a collection of hundred Jewish fairytales, folktales, mythical and supernatural tales collected and retold by folklorist author Howard Schwartz. The book is the subject of an exhibition at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, where these photographs are included. The series includes modernized scenes from each of the four primary types of tales: fairy tales, folktales, supernatural tales and mystical tales. Dina Goldstein features here the ethnically diverse characters made up of divine royalty, temptresses, supernatural spirits, and Hasidic figures that star in these ancient dramas. Goldstein challenges the viewer with themes of destiny, temptation, justice, wisdom, blind faith and circumstance. Dreamscapes and symbolism are staples within Dina Goldstein’s work as it is in these early narratives.


Dina Goldstein, Snapshots from the Garden of Eden
Sep 28, 2017–Jan 28, 2018
Contemporary Jewish Museum
736 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103


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