Ella Littwitz: I set before you today a blessing and a curse
CCA – Center for Contemporary Art
April 17, 2021 – June 12, 2021
Tel Aviv, Israel
The body of work comprising “A High Degree of Certainty” – her solo exhibition at the Center – was developed during frequent research trips to the Jordan-Israel border, on the southern part of the Jordan River, located on the colliding rift of two tectonic plates. The main site of such trips was Qasr al-Yahud, which is believed to be where the Israelites crossed the Jordan River into the land of Canaan after 40 years of wandering. According to the Christian tradition, it is also the place where St. John baptized Jesus Christ. After the 1967 occupation, due to the many infiltrations and chases that took place in it, this area was closed by the military and consequently mined. Littwitz’s interest in this specific stretch of land stems from its being a cross-path of religions, geography and politics – as well as of water, soil and sky. It is a landscape that defines itself in terms of mythologies and beliefs through momentous transitions. Her works echo the Biblical and modern narratives associated with this area, presenting us with diverse examples of transition, transfiguration and the formation of political constructs through acts of belief.