Your Jewish Museum: Sacrifice
Jewish Museum London, Welcome Gallery
Wednesday 16 September – Thursday 3 December 2015
Sacrifice was the Jewish Museum’s third installment in a series of three crowd-sourced exhibitions, collectively titled Your Jewish Museum. The theme of sacrifice was a difficult, perhaps even uncomfortable one. At times, sacrifices can be violent and selfish. Yet they can also be loving and generous. Human history – especially religious history – has seen its fill of both.
Without forgetting our demons, the objects and artworks in this exhibition sought to direct us toward our better angels. There were memories of everyday sacrifices of time, money, and energy, as well as exceptional sacrifices of freedom and life. There was a powerful irony at play in this exhibition. These objects were carefully selected, collected, and preserved. But while they reminded us of what we hold on to, they revealed just as much about what we are willing to give up.
Sacrifice also featured in the media:
BBC Radio 4: Sunday with Edward Stourton (1 Nov 2015)