TFM: Where does the ritual aspect in your work come from?
Yael Bronner Rubin (contemporary artist): I have this relationship with religion and rituals, which is something I worked on in Hong Kong. I thought about rituals, spirituality and culture a lot after I came here. For example, there are some specific rituals in Jewish culture when you live in Israel. If you live away from Israel, then you have to follow different rituals. Moving away, I thought about both religious rituals and creative rituals I have. I deal with this in my work ‘Daily Offerings’. For this project, I would take a picture of still life every single day at more or less the same time, and I committed to that. I started to photograph my body in a specific place – which was under a spotlight in my kitchen. There were usually pictures of my hands which I would dress up differently. Slowly, it evolved into a ritual.
Moving to different places also made me realize that a lot of rituals and temples around the world have something in common. There is something that transcends different cultures. Rituals have their own language. I do have some references in that particular work to India as well. I backpacked to India in 2007 for three months, and visited places like Delhi, Manali, Ladakh, Kashmir, Dharamsala, Amritsar, Rishikesh, Udaipur, Jaipur, Agra and Varanasi. A lot of these places had temples and rituals.
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