The King’s Daughter
In this video installation, Asimini creates an imagined space for viewers. A woman’s head is in a black space bounded by light, with chains of words/tears owing from her closed eyes into a dark pool. Each tear-shaped link comprises a single word from two literary selections. The rst is the English version of the opening verse from Dante’s Divine Comedy:
"Midway in our life's journey, I went astray from the straight road and woke up to nd myself alone in a dark wood. "
The second, in Hebrew, is the conclusion of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov’s “Tale of the Lost Princess”:
“...he would have to use his intelligence and wisdom [to devise a plan] to free [the princess]. [The Rebbe] did not tell how he freed her. But in the end he did free her.”
The tears/words owing from the gure’s eyes in a varying rhythm enable the viewer to compose sentences drawn from both texts. Here Asimini examines how Jewish and classical European cultures interact with each other, and shows how myths and folktales have common traits despite being in di erent languages.
(written by Shelly Liebowitz Kalaora)