The Rose Art Museum presents artist Raida Adon in the first-ever solo exhibition by an American museum
The Rose Art Museum presents Displaced: Raida Adon’s Strangeness through July 24, 2022. Born into a multi-faith Palestinian family in the binational city of Acre, Israel, Raida Adon is an acclaimed multimedia artist, television, theater and film actress and director.
Curated by Dr. Gannit Ankori, Director and Chief Curator of Henry and Lois Foster, Displaced: Raida Adon’s Strangeness is the artist’s first solo exhibition in the United States and the first museum exhibition outside of Israel. Adon’s powerful immersive 33:30 video, Strangeness (2018), is at the center of the exhibition.
“We are thrilled and honored to welcome Raida Adon to the Rose Art Museum for her first solo exhibition in the United States and her first museum exhibition outside of Israel. Adon’s video evokes experiences of displacement and travel enduring in search of a home. , historical and biographical, Strangeness uncovers hard truths about our shattered world through the lens of Adon’s unique and unbridled imagination,” said Dr. Ankori. “My art deals with my personal experiences, my own body, the harsh and oppressive political situation in which I exist. But my art is also very marked by timeless spiritual concerns and the immense mystery of human existence, images that come to me in my dreams, my nightmares, my imagination.”
Adon’s video productions do not use scripts, text or dialogue, nor do they tell linear plots. Instead, the artist invites his audience to enter an alternate universe of sights and sounds, of barren and lush landscapes, of lighted and shaded skies. Dr Ankori explained, “Adon brings us to a world where human beings mirror and resemble each other in their most basic and deepest aspirations. Strangeness is about loneliness, displacement and the desire to belong.
In addition to Displaced: Raida Adon’s Strangeness, Adon will present a related live performance on April 13, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. during his residency, April 10-14, 2022. are generously supported by Artis, Jolie Schwab ’78 and David Hodes ’77, and Brandeis University co-sponsors: the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, the Department of Fine Arts, and the Edie and Lew Wasserman Fund.
Raida Adon (She/Her) (b. Acre, Israel, 1972) is an Israeli-born Palestinian multimedia artist whose works emerge from her complex biography, addressing nations in conflict and the relationship between interdependent societies. Adon is also an acclaimed television and film actress, currently starring in The Girl from Oslo (2022) on Netflix. Several international galleries and museums have presented Adon’s works, including the Israel Museum (Jerusalem, Israel), the Tel Aviv Museum of Art (Tel Aviv, Israel), Mana Contemporary (Jersey City, New Jersey), the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art (Tokyo, Japan). ), and Philip Van Rosen Gallery (Cologne, Germany). Adon graduated from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. She lives and works in Tel Aviv-Jaffa.