For Jewish Folktales Retold, photographer Dina Goldstein interprets several known and lesser-known tales, including The Hair in the Milk, The Queen of Sheba, The Soul of the Ari, An Apple from the Tree of Life, The Dybbuk in the Well, The Golem, and more. Restaging the tales with modern props and settings, Goldstein confronts fascinating material: for example, in The Hair in the Milk, where Lilith comes to take afterbirth and kill the mother (she is only able to get into the house because of a faulty mezuzah). In The Queen of Sheba, a married man is seduced by Sheba through being showered with riches. But when his wife finds out, he loses everything.
Dina Goldstein is a photographer and Pop Surrealist with a background in editorial and documentary photography. For Goldstein, photography is intended not to produce an aesthetic that echoes current beauty standards, but to evoke and wrest feelings of shame, anger, shock and empathy from the observer, as to inspire insight into the human condition. Dina Goldstein independently produces large-scale tableaux photographic series that are philosophical, satirical, technical and visually stunning.
Image Credit Dina Goldstein, Ashmodai—The Bride of Demons, from the series Snapshots from the Garden of Eden, 2017. Ink on paper, 40 x 53 in. Courtesy of the artist.