You Need to be Ready to Let Go of What the Eye Sees
A three-channel video and sound work, 16 min.
Created for the Israel Museum exhibition “Veiled Women of the Holy Land: New Trends in Modest Dress”
Curator: No'am Bar'am-Ben Yossef
Designer: Rona Chernika
Artistic Adviser: Ari Teperberg
© The Israel Museum, Jerusalem 2019
The three actresses in this video assume the roles of a Jewish woman, a Muslim woman, and a Russian Orthodox nun, all of whom represent the world of pious women who observe rules of extreme modesty. The film’s title quotes Haya, one of the Jewish modesty women, who appeals to us not to judge them by their clothing and outward appearance.
Attempting to reveal the personal world of the modesty women is an inherently paradoxical quest. As we could neither record nor photograph them, we have chosen to present them through the intermediary of actors. The texts they speak are based upon interviews conducted between 2015 and 2018 with women from all three religions, and the repeated dressing and undressing that appear in the film – at once a documentary and an artwork – are a stylized representation of what they said.
We are grateful to all these women who shared moments from their personal lives with us, and to the Russian Orthodox sisters of the Convent of St. Mary Magdalene,
Gethsemane, Jerusalem, for their guidance.
Director and producer: Ari Teperberg
Research and field work: Noam Bar'am Ben Yossef
Cinematography and editing: Yoav Brill
Script: Noam Bar'am-Ben Yossef, Ari Teperberg
Actors: Neta Shpigelman, Samira Saraya, Sylwia Drori
Lighting: Noam Huber, Uri Imerglik
Production assistant: Adam Ben Nun
Makeup: Maayan Ariav
Color: Dima Lydkhov
Arabic translation: Samira Saraya
Translation and subtitles: Aley Koteret
Coordinator: Liat Benzguida
We are grateful to all the women who shared moments of their personal lives with us, and to the Russian Orthodox sisters of the Convent of St. Mary Magdalene, Gethsemane, Jerusalem, for their guidance.