for you were strangers in the land of Egypt ***sold***

for you were strangers in the land of Egypt ***sold***


כִּי גֵרִים הֱיִיתֶם בְּאֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם

This piece is inspired by one of the central moral imperatives in the Bible: “You shall not wrong a stranger or oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt”. The Exodus discourse often circles around the struggle of the oppressed for liberation. Yet the moral implications for the ones who managed to reach liberation, are scarcely addressed. In this sense, this monumental ethical decree stands out and serves as a reminder that liberation is an ongoing process and is never limited to a historical period or event. The prominent Jewish Singer-Songwriter Daniel Kahn managed to express this idea beautifully in a song from his latest Album ‘The Butcher’s Share’: “Freedom is a verb/Something never finished, never done/It’s something you must make/It's something you must take/It’s something you must constantly become”.  I’ve decided to decode this idea into a calligraphy piece. The Hebrew letters that once amplified the voice of the enslaved Israelites, redirect their expressive power to call upon us to take responsibility to prevent similar situation from happening to others. The letters asking for freedom transform through movement to embody Kahn’s ´becoming’.

For You Were Strangers In The Land Of Israel (2018)
India Ink on acid-free Hahnemühle Paper
Private collection, Munich.

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