Crypto Jews Prints
This Crypto Jews art work is designed as an ode and offering during Dia De Los Muertos and Sukkot. This traveling exhibition was inspired by my Mexican-Jewish roots in San Antonio, Texas and North Western Mexico. Crypto-Judaism is the secret adherence to Judaism while publicly professing to be of another faith in order to survive. Today many descendants of the crypto jews are discovering the intersectionality of our shared indigenous practices. The diaspora of our indigenous, Sephardic ancestors have a deep connection to this moment in history. A moment of historic recurrence, that shatters the norms for human rights by separation of families from their children and secret expulsion of immigrants from the United States of America.
Each debossed skull represents a departed soul, designed with cryptographic symbols on the forehead that honor their story and celebrate their return on Sukkot and Dia De Los Muertos. Each print is crafted on a black matte parchment, with a print press foil that offers a striking illumination to the personality of my maternal jewish roots.
The Crypto Jews Exhibition will live in artfully designed sukkah, temporary beautiful spaces near detention centers for people to ritualistically contemplate our connection to the past so that we can conspire to fight for a future of equality. I invite you to purchase any of these contemporary art pieces honoring inspiring figures in Jewish and LatinX history. All proceeds will be donated to RAICES.
Designed By Joanna Peña-Bickley. Proceeds from this exhibition go to benefit RAICES.