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Preview of VIOLATED! at Haifa Museum of Art

The Haifa Museum of Art in Israel opened a group art exhibition entitled Dangerous Art on November 11, 2017, curated by Svetlana Reingold. Among the exhibitions, which revolve around artistsí responses to limitations placed on civil freedom in Israel and worldwide, is an exhibit of huge crocheted baskets created by Israeli artist Gil Yefman and a group of African refugee women from the Kuchinate workshop in Tel Aviv. This installation was commissioned by Remember the Women Institute as part of our exhibition, VIOLATED! Women in Holocaust and Genocide, which will be presented April 12-May 12, 2018 at the Ronald Feldman Gallery, Mercer Street, SoHo, New York City. The installation at the Haifa Museum of Art is an Israeli preview of this component of our group exhibition.

Dr. Batya Brutin, curator, and Dr. Rochelle G. Saidel, academic coordinator, for our VIOLATED! group exhibition visited the Haifa Museum on November 24 to see the basket installation on display. The Eritrean and Sudanese women who have sought refuge in Israel suffered great hardships as they made their dangerous treks. Some were sexually violated as they made their way across borders and through deserts. A soundtrack that emanates from the baskets tells their stories.

Haifa exhibit

Photo, left: The wall text at the Haifa Museum of Art, in Hebrew, English, and Arabic, explains that the Gil Yefman/Kuchinate basket installation is an Israeli preview of Remember the Women Institute's New York City exhibition. Photo, right: A view of some of the five baskets in the installation.

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