MEHITZA. Seen by women

PhotographerMyriam Tangi
PrizeHonorable Mention
City/CountryPARIS, France
Photo Date2007 / 2008
Technical InfoFilm black and white
Entry Description

MEHITZA.Seen by women explores the psychological, spiritual, and emotional facets of the mehitza. This physical structure, separating between men and women during Jewish prayer services, has elicited much debate, but its profound influence on the prayers and thoughts of the women behind it demands deeper understanding. How does the separation between men and women impact on their experiences of prayer? In what way does distance from the synagogue center influence women, both within the synagogue structure and beyond? More broadly, Mehitza questions the male and female territories in the Jewish world. The photographs offer an artistic vision, a window into the feelings and experiences of the women standing behind and contains essays by leading Jewish scholars, which together provide a fascinating analysis of the concept of separation in Judaism. Mehitza is an artistic, spiritual, and intellectual journey that unveils the complexity of contemporary Judaism. Publisher Gefen Pub. House USA.

About Photographer

Myriam Tangi is Born, lives and works in Paris Her creative path has followed three artistic venues : Painting – Photography – Poetry Diploma in Drawing at Ecole des Beaux Arts Paris Myriam Tangi has received many prizes and awards for her art work in painting, among them The Foundation Vocation Award, a Bronze Medal awarded by the Town of Paris, The Charles Oulmont and Taylor Foundations Awards. Myriam Tangi published three poetry books. The first one has been awarded by L’Académie française PHOTOGRAPHY : Travels in Yemen – India – USA - URSS “Mehitza. Seen by Women”, her photographic essay where she explores the distance and the separation between men and women in Jewish tradition have been exhibited at the MAHJ Paris, and published. Series in photography : « The Last Jews of Yemen » and « Urban intimacy at Paris plage » : Honorable mention at IPA « Migrants/Refugees – Isle of Dreams » : Finalist at SIPA