December 2020, Five Years London. The exhibition is available online. Please use the link at the bottom of the page.
Katy and Rebecca Beinart present a new body of research and artwork in-the-making, developed through a process of correspondence. This online exhibition featured new sculptures, installation, performance and digital works that emerged from their long-term collaboration Origination. The project explores family history and migration and this current iteration focuses on the story of the artists’ Jewish great-grandparents Morris (Moishe) and Sarah (Zlata) who left Eastern Europe in the 1900s to come to London and settle in the East End, joining a growing Yiddish-speaking community. The artists’ research draws on oral histories collected by the family, archival material from the British Library and Jewish Museum London, and autobiographies and histories by Jewish East End writers. Personal stories of family and community intersect with the lively radical politics that flourished in the area in the early 20th century. Moishe, Zlata and their wider family worked as paper-bag makers, cabinet-makers and hairdressers, and like many other working class Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe they were actively involved in politics and Trade Unions. A Yiddish anarchist newspaper, the “Arbeter Fraynd” (Workers Friend) was published in the East End at this time, and pubs, halls and print-shops in the area were known as meeting places for communist, socialist and anarchist groups.
Lockdown homeschool creations
Katy Beinart and Abie Beinart (age 4 at the time, now 5)
These models and sculptures were made during an extended period of ‘homeschool’ in lockdown 1, March-June 2020. Each work is a collaboration between mother and son with a negotiation process over design, making and finish.
Don’t Look Back: The challenges of public art and meanings of authenticity in heritage contexts.
Article published in Public Art Dialogue Vol. 10 Issue 2