Herstory/Four Generations Female X-Chromosomal Inheritance Lineage
15″ x 30″
I am a multidisciplinary lesbian, feminist artist. I was born in Israel in 1950 where I lived until moving to London in 1973. During my time in England I received a BA from Saint Martin’s College of Art in 1979 and an MA from the Royal College of Art in 1984. In those years I was politically and artistically active in the realm of the Women’s Movement. I was the co-founder of Circles, currently named Cinenova, the first women’s film distribution group in the United Kingdom. My work has been widely shown in Europe and in Israel in venues such as the London Film Makers Co-Op, the Midland Group, ICA Cinematheque, A Women’s Art Space, Half Moon Photography and the Museum of Modern Art Oxford.
Herstory/Four Generations Female X-Chromosomal Inheritance Lineage is an attempt to connect four generations of her-story and our genetic heritage. My mother was born to an Orthodox family as one of six daughters. With the rise of Anti-Semitic tendencies in Europe at the age of 22 she left Poland and moved to Palestine without her parents’ approval. My mother kept the last postcard she received from her mother in her jewelry box. It was written in German and she used to occasionally read it, “Dear daughter” it said, “this is the only time I am happy you didn’t listen to me.” My grandmother, as far as I know, was mass murdered in a communal grave in Chrzanow Poland not long after that. I left Israel in 1973 with a one way ticket to Europe. My daughter was born in California in 1991 through donor conception to lesbian parents. Looking at the four of us one might notice that:
We were born in three different continents: Europe, Asia and America
Three of us don’t share the same native tongue
Two of us never had the opportunity to meet
But, despite all that an X Chromosomal lineage and a sense of belonging connects us all.