“I hope these images will make people think about what it’s like to observe these laws.” Ronnen Safdie
The Israeli-American artist Michal Ronnen Safdie, as evidenced on her website, has a diverse body of work: from scenes of vapor trails across a sky, to refugees in Darfur, to portraits of trees, to life in Israel. Her current show, “Sunday Tuesday Thursday”, on exhibit at the Andrea Meislin Gallery here in New York offers a fascinating view into a world most of us know little about it, much less have seen. The series takes its title from the three days of the week that Orthodox Jewish women are allowed, sans men, to go to this beach just north of Tel Aviv, Israel.
Ronnen Safdie’s images, while seemingly innocuous, are actually potent explorations/challenges to women’s role in contemporary Israeli society. Looking at these women, burdened as they are by religious constraints, is intriguing and something new to behold. It is this power to reveal and to raise questions, that give the photographs their strength. —Lane Nevares