Organizing Institution: THE ZAY INITIATIVE - DR REEM EL MUTWALLI
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Start Date: October 11, 2022 (20:00)
End Date: October 11, 2022 (21:00 GMT+4)
Ariella Aïsha Azoulay, joins Dr Reem El Mutwalli & Salma Ahmad Caller for a Dialogue “Unruly Jewels – Neither Muslim Nor Jewish”
Ariella Aïsha Azoulay joins Dr Reem El Mutwalli & the founder of the Imaginarium postcard project, artist and art historian Salma Ahmad Caller for a dialogue on “Unruly Jewels – Neither Muslim Nor Jewish”
Looking at some photographs, postcards and jewels, Azoulay will question the investment of the French colonial project in the de-algerisation and de-arabisation of the Jews in Muslim countries. One of the signs of their “success” in turning the indigenous into “modern type” was the withdrawal of the Jews from wearing heavy jewels and clothing with gold thread embroidery, through the production of these gold threads and jewels was a craft Jews used to practice for centuries. The disappearance of the jewels from their bodies was not a simple change in mode, but rather a disruption of a world in which craft and craft making was essential for world building and for world maintenance, and was embedded in guilds that were part of social fabrics of mutual care.