What and where is “home”? These are the questions Siona Benjamin raises in her paintings, while also evoking issues of identity, immigration and the role of art in social change. A Bene Israel Jew from India, her family has gradually dispersed, mostly to Israel and America, except for her parents, who remained in India. She is now also an American, living and working in New Jersey. With such a background, the desire to “find home”, spiritually and literally, has always preoccupied her. In this talk, she will discuss what it was like to grow up Jewish in India, show images from her artwork and provide historical background about the three distinct Jewish communities in India: the Bene-Israel, the Cochini Jews and the Iraqi Jews.
This talk is being offered in conjunction with the exhibition “Beyond Borders: The Art of Siona Benjamin,” at the Galleries at CSU, 1307 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, from January 17–March 24, 2023. Click here for information.
Jewish Studies programming is supported by the Fund for the Jewish Future of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, and The Laura and Alvin Siegal College of Judaic Studies Educational Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland