Zahava Sherez, Israel

Sculptor. http://www.zahavasherez.com/

  • Finding home

    Zahava Sherez, Israel

    (Submitted by the author)

    I have just counted them, all the houses, apartments and condominiums I’ve ever lived in. Twenty-two. I suspect I’ve forgotten a few. On three continents, or even four, if I count moving from the East Coast to the West Coast of the US as another continental move. Some moves happened to me as a child, so I didn’t move, I was moved. But from then on, I can now say, many of my moves were about either searching for an unknown something, hoping a change of scenery would bring it on, or running away from whatever.

  • Defining Identity

    Zahava Sherez, Israel

    (Submitted by the author)

    Labels, identities and criteria used to define us are helpful for administrative and social purposes, yet I believe they also feed division, tension and oppressions. When I’m asked to check a square in a multiple-choice official form, I scroll down to 'Other', adding the word 'Human' next to it. See, I have a problem: I am Latina, Israeli/Middle Eastern, American, Jewish, white but not really; I speak with an accent that people can’t identify - I am an enigma, an odd bird.