The notion of shtiebelekh is presented through the visualization installation, which quotes, reconstructs and interprets various sources. Roman Vishniac’s images of traditional rooms of study and prayer merge with contemporary shtiebelekh in Jerusalem, which are intertwined, by means of spatial and architectural abnormalities, with Magritte’s paintings and traditional Jewish hermeneutics, ritual objects and emblems. The special light of the mystical book received by Noah—the “Zohar in the Tzohar” which he installed in the ark—shimmers here from within the depths of the dark space underneath the shtiebelekh staircase, shedding a light that touches, assembles, transforms and resurrects the different parts of the work. This ark is ready to sail on through broken horizons.
Thanks to Nava Rothschild, the Petach Tikva Museum of Art’s information specialist; to Ahuva Stockhamer, Shosh Saharoni, and Ruth David of the Petach Tikva Municipal Libraries; and to all the people who recommended books.