Elohim (God the Father)

Taken from the series “Gods of Suburbia” (2014)

This is Dina Goldstein’s third large-scale project 2013-2014. The work is a visual analysis of religious faith within the context of the modern forces of technology, science and secularism. The series plays with narrative and religious iconography in order to communicate how organized belief has become twisted within a global framework driven by consumerism and greed.  The project challenges the viewer — religious or secular — to embark on a journey of self-reflection as they contemplate the relevance of dogma in modernity.

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The artist about the work:
Elohim or Yahweh is the name for God that is found in the Hebrew Bible. By early post-biblical times, the name Yahweh had ceased to be pronounced aloud, except once a year by the High Priest in the Holy of Holies; on all other occasions it was replaced by ‘Adonai’, meaning “my Lord”. In my narrative his aspirations and dreams are unfulfilled. He is living in a flophouse, taking odd jobs to survive. Is his failure mankind itself? Or is the concept of God as omnipotent flawed?If man was made in God’s image, it makes sense that he can fail too—Why is goodness and peace so rare while war, cruelty, suffering and environmental degradation so prevalent?

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