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We offer our respect to Elders both past and present of the Kulin Nation and extend this offer to all Australian First Nations people

Meeting Dad At Minyan

Simon Aubor

Middle Gallery
29 Jun 2019–20 Jul 2019
Opening 6pm Friday June 28th

Meeting Dad At Minyan (2018-2019) by Simon Aubor is a multi-channel video installation that brings an orthodox Jewish synagogue into the gallery to interrogate the possibilities of religious-ritual spaces being experienced in a secular context. By documenting the male oriented ritual of orthodox minyan, Aubor focuses on the bonds of male mate-ship in religious practice—employing a lens that acknowledges his insider/outsider relationship to it. From sharing a toast whilst having a yarn, to chanting in Hebrew and wrapping a tefillin; Aubor captures and elaborates on the diverse connections (and disconnections) that the synagogue and ritual has with himself. This feeds a broader investigation into ideas of belonging and identity in a contemporary settler and immigrant context in Australia.

Artist note: An orthodox Jewish Minyan, is a quorum of 10 or more males required for daily religious rituals. Once a thirteen year old male performs their Bar Mitzvah, they can be included as one of the 10 males to perform this ritual.

Image: Simon Aubor, Meeting Dad at Minyan, 2018-2019, film still.

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  • Simon Aubor is a Melbourne-based artist who works with photography, video and installation. His practice centres around themes of culture and identity, explored through the perspective of a first-generation Australian secular Jewish male view. His family migrated to Australia from Russia and Israel post-WWII and for generations they have had a connection to orthodox Judaism. Simon’s practice draws on this migration story, while placing it within a contemporary context, having grown up in a non-religious Australian community. Exploring a sense of both belonging and disconnection, the secular and the religious, Simon’s work examines the variable association's with diasporic culture and Australian Jewish identity today. Simon graduated in a Bachelor of Fine Arts at RMIT in 2018 and currently works as a freelance photographer.