2006-2010: The Sota Project

The Sota Project
was an immersive research endeavor that delved into the ancient Biblical narrative of Sota, the woman suspected adulty, exploring the complexities of storytelling and multiple perspectives. Through an immersive installation, the project unfolded multiple narratives concurrently, challenging conventional notions of a singular truth. Drawing inspiration from ancient artistic forms, including ancient Greco-Roman murals and Renaissance tapestries, the research merged traditional storytelling aesthetics with contemporary multimedia approaches, fostering a profound exploration into societal judgment, loyalty, betrayal, and moral intricacies inherent in ancient narratives.

Research outcome:

·     Exhibitions: Galapagos Art Space, NYC; Rothschild 69, Tel Aviv (curator: Dr. Noam Segal); The Fisher Museum at USC, LA (curator: Dr. Selma Holo); “The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art, and Society,” Princeton and Rutgers University, NJ.

·      Publications: Cnaani, Ofri, James Trainor, Ester Namdar, and Ilana Goldberg, The Sota Project. Montreal, Quebec: Sternthal Books, Inc., 2010.

Brodsky, Judith K. The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art, and Society. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Institute for Women and Art, 2012.

Sicher, Efraim. “Written on the Body: Re-Embodying Judaism in Contemporary Jewish Feminist Art.” Journal of Modern Jewish Studies 19, no. 3 (July 2, 2020): 271–96.

Yael Guilat, (2014) “Gender, Ritual and Video Art”, Me’ever Lahalacha, special edition of Iyunim, 7 , Ben Gurion University, 580–611

·      Conferences: Galapagos Art Space, NYC; Rothschild 69, Tel Aviv; The Fisher Museum at USC, LA; Princeton University, NJ

·     Audience engagement: Across venues and platforms, approximately 7,000 visitors engaged with this research.