The South African Jewish Museum presents the paintings of Arlene Amaler-Raviv in a show titled “the voice of a citizen” which opens on 11 August 2015.
Arlene Amaler Raviv’s artistic trajectory spans four decades of dedication and prolific output, with numerous exhibitions locally and internationally. Her paintings hang in many private and public art collections throughout the world.
“the voice of a citizen” the title of this exhibition, gives an inkling of the socio-political currents channelled through the personal voice of the artist – a voice of protest, lamentation and quiet conversation. These paintings are political; socially engaged, relevant and extremely personal.
Arlene Amaler-Raviv is a painter of the human condition, tracking the movement of displacements, transitions and relocations.
Entrances and exits, arrivals and departures and the burden of absence and transience, loss and joy, have also marked the artist’s own life. Moving home several times across many cities and countries. Historical turning points amplify the theme of urban alienation: the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain, the end of Apartheid, the collapse of Wall Street and the Arab Spring.
Throughout her career as an artist, Arlene Amaler-Raviv has stared into the darkness with courage and vulnerability using her work as a channel to give voice to the voiceless, to the unspoken and the unspeakable. And yet, what emerges out of these shadows is the joyous celebration of survival; the resilience of the human spirit, the diversity of human beings and the transformative power of artistic expression.