This last update brings you my video poem ‘Why is this Passover Night Different?’.
This work plays on aspects of the Passover Seder; the Four Questions (Ma Nishtana), the Four Children (The Wise Child, the Rebellious Child, the Naïve Child and the Child who is Too Shy to Ask), and the Dayenu song (It would have been enough).
The Passover Seder includes the retelling of the story of the Jewish people’s escape to freedom from slavery, in a special order. This order can be followed along to, and read in a Haggadah. There are many Haggadah editions, and while they vary slightly, they all follow this same order, as a guide for families retelling the story at Passover. The Passover Seder also includes a festive meal.
Matzah is unleavened bread (made from flour and water) and baked before it has a chance to rise. This symbolises how the Jewish people fled slavery in ancient Egypt in such a hurry there was no time for their dough to rise. They carried the dough on their backs in sacks through the desert. The dough was baked by the sun and turned into a flat cracker. Shmurah matzah are round matzot made by hand. Matzah balls are dumplings made from coarsely ground matzah meal.
This work was created as part of Museum of Brisbane’s Artists @ Home Residency during Covid-19. Thank you again to MoB for this opportunity. I’ve enjoyed sharing my updates, process and video poems with you all.
My video work ‘Travelling House’ is installed in the shop front windows of the Judith Wright Centre in Brisbane, during the month of October 2011 and was selected as part of Optica12. ‘Travelling House’ features footage from my trip to Israel in 2010 superimposed over an old house in Brisbane. Themes of the journey and diaspora are explored.
Feel free to wander by and have a look, or view the video below. Optica12 was curated by Synoptik.
On Sunday 23 August Anna was declared winner of the Queensland Poetry Festival FilmMakers Challenge for her video work ‘Of Ochres and Ruins’. The finalists were screened at the Judith Wright Centre for Contemporary Art as part of the 2009 Queensland Poetry Festival.
Exhibiting artists: ‘Doll Awakenings’ by Anna Jacobson, ‘Birds’ by Marian Drew, ‘Natural Progression’ by Paul McCann, ‘123 Days’ by Adrianne Hayward and Aaron Burton and ‘Under Currents’ by Lindy Wissler.
28 Feb – 29 March 2009
Opening Saturday February 28th, 6-8pm / Queensland Centre for Photography
(Corner of Cordelia and Russell Street, South Brisbane)