The “Rites of Passage” project investigated the ways in which rituals are embossed in our bodies, in our daily gestures, and how they construct our culture and the collective unconscious. Rituals exist throughout many aspects of our contemporary lives, in endless watered-down or altered forms of representation. The “Rites of Passage” project has created database of rituals collected in the Ultra Orthodox and Hassidic world, as well as those that are part of the larger community.
One aspect of her project, “The Lullaby Project,” was presented at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, where she collected lullabies in a variety of languages from museum visitors and created a video installation that wove the individual lullabies together. This exhibition runs from March 2012 through January 2013, and has been seen by thousands.
Hadassa Goldvicht is a video and installation artist, born in Israel, and works in Jerusalem and New York. She received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2004 and her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in NY in 2007. Goldvicht’s work revolves around the attempts to distill daily objects and gestures in order to reveal the social, emotional and religious hierarchies written in our bodies and in the objects that surround us. Her time-based video and installations create a complex reality that contains a simultaneous doing and un-doing.
Among her awards is the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation grant, the Henry J. Leir Honorable Mention, and the G.W. Hodge Ritchie Award for Excellence in Printmaking.
Recent artist residencies include the Mamuta Arts and Media Center, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace, New York University, and The Center for Book Arts. Exhibition venues include The Jewish Museum, New York, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, The Dumbo Art Center, New York, Marginal Utility Gallery, Philadelphia.