Bi-bli-o-logia: The Book as Body

Curators: Drorit Gur Arie, Raphael Sigal 26.11.2015 - 26.3.2016

Yosef-Joseph-Yaakov Dadoune coated a Yalkut Shimoni volume (a 1787 edition of a collection of ancient Jewish homiletic or allegorical teachings found in the genizah of the Aix-les-Bains yeshiva) with anti-hemorrhoids cream in an attempt to neutralize the book and render it less irritating in the epidermal sense of the term. This was an attempt to conciliate tradition and sinful pleasure, spirit and body. It was a symbolic coming out, a coming to terms with guiltridden repression and an attempt to produce homosexual
Jewish art—that is, to invent a nature capable of overcoming the contradictions inherent in piecing together art and Judaism.
While this image was always thought as an attempt to cure the book, it is in fact the contrary: it is an attempt to cure oneself of the book.
—The origin of guilt?
—The sacred texts.


Yosef-Joseph-Yaakov Dadoune, The Origin of Guilt, 2015, Image from the film Universes, 1999–2003, Inkjet print on photographic paper