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Family and its Many Faces

Updated: Oct 26, 2021

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Inside a summer living room of a typical traditional Jewish home, a family of three generations is seen. The grandmother and grandfather are sitting in the first row, between them are the grandchildren, and in the second row are standing their children. They stand against the backdrop of a brick wall with an orlogin clock hanging above it.
A family portrait of Rabbi AbrahaInside a summer living room of a typical traditional Jewish home, a family of three generations is seen. The oldest are sitting in the first row, between them are the grandchildren, and in the second row are the children. They stand against the backdrop of a brick wall with an orlogin clock hanging above it.m Aslan and his family in the summer living room (Tarar), Baghdad, 1930s. Courtesy of Meir Aslan

Curator: Orly Baher Levy

From the day they are born and until they die, people are connected in one way or another with their families. Consequently, for hundreds of years they have chosen to immortalize themselves in family portraits. In this exhibition, visitors will be shown clusters of portrait photographs of Jewish families that were taken in Iraq between the second half of the 19th century and the 1960's.

Two reproductions of painted family portraits, created by Dutch artists in the 17th century, are displayed on the entrance wall of the exhibition. They are a kind of prototype that later influenced the entire spectrum of family portrait photography.

The photographs on display in this exhibition immortalize the family in a variety of structures - either as an extended family, a nuclear family, or a family that only some of its members are photographed, while highlighting their solidarity and social standing.

The exhibition ends with a dynamic, interactive wall that features contemporary family portraits, enabling us to examine the significance and importance of modern-day family portrait photography.


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