On Man and Worship – Photography Exhibition by Alex Zavitan

On Man and Worship – A supersensory instant

By Arie Berkowitz – Director and chief curator, The House of Artists, Tel Aviv.

Through his non-staged photographic works, the artist Alex Zavitan, succeeds to convey a multi-cultural, spiritual ambient.

The viewer is exposed to a mysterious plot built on a magnetizing inner tension between the factual and the Unseen, external reality and a supernatural sensory domain.

The impression is the outcome of unique photographic angles, a dramatic usage of lighting and the inner intention to capture human ecstatic states, flinging between alienation and coherence.

The ascetic choice of black and white photography augments the viewer’s sensation of some event, occurring beyond the ordinary experience within time and space .

Thus we are exposed to the fascination of a mute ritual, a freezing of a supersensory instant.

On Man and Worship – Visual Archetypes

By Dr Dorit Kedar , curator, The Center of Inter-religious Peace, Tel Aviv.

All religions believe in a Divinity or a corpus of Divinities, males or females, who create the world and all its phenomena.

The biography of creation is of an extensive spectrum:

  • The creating factor is responsible for both life and death.
  • There is a creating factor versus The Ultimate Celestial Killer.
  • A third divine factor can be added who functions as the maintainer of life. All religions are based on a belief in a primordial polarity.

All religions refer to primordial and basic polarity, which may serve to differentiate between The Creator and the creatures, The Mystery beyond time and space and everything existent, the physical world subdued to the criteria of time and space.

The biography of polarity is utterly complex.

  • Heaven is considered the abode of the Divine, The Source and home of the souls before birth and after death. Earth is seen as the temporary space for the living.
  • According to the transcendent principle, there is an essential differentiation between the Holiness of the Celestial versus the mortality and transience of matter. The believers consecrate their life following precepts and prohibitions so as to purify their souls and attain the blessed state of being part of the Celestial Abode.
  • According to the immanent principle -matter is a mirror of The Divine.  The infinity of physical, one time, transient phenomena reflect The Unchangeable, The Oneness in charge of all changes. The immanent principle considers the believers who base their faith on polarity to be in a state if illusion while believers who have overcome polarity and experienced Oneness, are considered to be enlightened.
  • An additional principle synthesizes between the transcendent and immanent views. A Divinity, an angel, a prophet or a Savior may contain both aspects and thus serve as a sur-natural bridge between Mystery, The Unknown and the world of phenomena.

The richness and compound variety of religions, along human civilization, should only enhance the understanding and teach inter-faiths alliance and co-operation.

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About Dr. Dorit Kedar

Forced to continuously change nations, cultures and schooling - I had to develop a wider sense of communication, a way of thinking-feeling-behaving which stresses the common denominators. The need to adapt new landscapes and land-souls has taught instinctive means to overcome separatism, prejudices, dogmatic beliefs and suspicions. While looking for the common gathering denominators, I have also increased the ability of perception and individuation. Being constantly in estranged places has triggered psychological processes to turn the unfamiliar into familiar. As an art critic in the Israeli press, a curator, a writer - have always dealt with the otherness, the different and the infinite variety of the Existent. My Book of Peace is the result.
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