Marcie Kaufman
Hear Here
2008
Archival Digital Print with Ink
16 x 20
Berman-Bloch Collection

Overlooking the Dead Sea in Israel, I photographed the Sh’ma graffitied on a cavernous rock formation. Widely considered the most important prayer in Judaism, the Sh’ma highlights the fundamental relationship that listening and presence have to language. Sh’ma, the Hebrew word for “Hear,” is the starting point for my hand-drawn graffiti applied to the surface of the photographic print. The drawing combines topographical maps (including Israel), anatomy and MRI imagery (especially of the ear), and language. The words for “hear” and “here” featured in ten different languages function as essential building blocks for growth in the body/landscape composite.
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