It’s been a hard week. I’ve struggled with warping my new loom, and the power in my studio was out for a few days. Work has also been very stressful, leading to a non-ideal art environment. I did some writing, and I got the loom working, but since this is my last week in SPAR, I wanted to show something a little more private.
My musical recommendation for the week is one of my very favorite albums, Songs for the Dawn of Peace by Leon Lishner. Recorded after World War II, it’s a surprisingly wide collection of songs, mostly those of armed resistance, from Jewish partisans to to Italian antifascists to Chinese nationalists and communists. I think it speaks both the shock and attempts of optimism from that age, when Fascism was though to have been defeated, and can be very inspiring today.
Shir Cohen is a graduate of the BFA Fine Arts Department at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. She has participated in the Aesthetics and Bias Project in collaboration with the Jan Matejko Academy in Krakow, and received a long-term studio residency with the Jerusalem Art Cube Artist Studios. Under the Clore-Bezalel Scholarship, she has graduated the MA Painting course at the Royal College of Art in London (2020). Recent shows include Final Not Over: Open Fields at Unit 1 Gallery (2020), Lion Hunt at Bezalel Fine Arts Department Gallery (2019), and 50/50 at FOLD Gallery (2020). Her work explores contemporary political anxieties through humor and theatricality, using tropes from mythology and ancient history. View all posts by Shir Cohen