In Thy Blood Live

Performance

On the Seam Museum

2018

The performance work "In Thy Blood Live" is a contemporary interpretation of a prophetic text, appears in the book of Ezekiel- in which a cyclical process is described as at first the woman is in a state of fracture and loss, miserable and wallowing in her blood- then she rises out of the darkness and becomes full of fecundity,  a desirable woman.

 

“And when I passed by thee, and saw thee wallowing in thy blood, I said unto thee: In thy blood, live; yea, I said unto thee: In thy blood, live; I cause thee to increase, even as the growth of the field. And thou didst increase and grow up, and thou camest to excellent beauty: thy breasts were fashioned, and thy hair was grown; yet thou wast naked and bare.Now when I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, and, behold, thy time was the time of love, I spread my skirt over thee, and covered thy nakedness; yea, I swore unto thee, and entered into a covenant with thee, saith the Lord GOD, and thou becamest Mine”

(Ezekiel 15)

The common interpretations see the prophecy as it is referring to the soul or to the nation. In this work Bitton takes a liberty of giving the biblical text a contemporary interpretation which is not detached from the traditional one. She lists her genealogical tree as a descendant of a rabbinical family for generations, wearing the “Kaftan” (traditional female home dress) and harnessing the full traditional baggage. A pregnant belly, knife, pomegranate seeds and blood-red juice serve her in a private ritual, blurring the boundaries of a artist and an high priest.

 

The work was performed at “Tehoma Raba” (The Great Abyss) on On The Seam Museum for Contemporary Social Art, Jerusalem.

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