Siona Benjamin "Lilith in the New World" at Flomenhaft Gallery - New York.

Oct 23, 2008 - Dec 13, 2008

Flomenhaft Gallery

547 W. 27th Street, Suite 308
New York, NY 10001

Phone Number: 212-268-4952
Contact: Siona Benjamin

Siona Benjamin "Lilith in the New World"
Exhibition extended 1 week: October 23 - December 13, 2008

PRESS RELEASE 11/06/08 -- When all the world, led by the US, celebrates the tearing down of the divides between people of every color and religion, the exhibit, "Lilith in the New World," is most timely. Benjamin chose Lilith as her central character in this series of over thirty paintings, because she was the initial outsider, the other. According to lore, Lilith was the first Eve, cast out of the Garden of Eden for demanding sexual equality with Adam. She took her case to God, who responded to her seductive powers by revealing his Divine name. Speaking his name out loud, earned her the ticket out of Paradise. Since then she was considered the mother of demons, but she has returned in feminist history.

For Benjamin Lilith now represents the goddess of female strength, the woman targeted, the sacrificing mother, the mourning war widow, the brave woman soldier. In her major installation, Lilith speaks in the pop art style of Roy Lichtenstein." She says," You must save us from their wrath." Everyone who sees it asks the appropriate question. Who is their? The answer is, the other. We are all others. And because we are all others, we have identified the others as those who wish to persecute us. And that is how we wage wars and lose our children, for no other reason than demonizing the others.

Walk up to her painting, "Finding Home #47, Learning about America," the subtlety is incredible. At first glance one sees on a gold background as on a beautiful Indian miniature, the blue faced perhaps Persian Lilith (blue faced deriving from the Krishna myths), and she is high fiving it with a black perhaps Egyptian woman in ancient hairdress and contemporary garb. But the meaning doesn't hit you immediately. The soft beige background, on closer inspection, is replete with drawings of lynchings, and dates that they took place.

Every work has another surprise, socio-political, historical, filled with empathy for others, exciting color, and in many cases revealing of Benjamin's scholarship and humor.

Event Type: Exhibition