Saturday, September 7, 5 to 8 pm
Join us in a final viewing of Penina Gal’s show in our gallery.
Penina is working on a large project exploring the stories of their family’s experiences over 3 generations of migration and integration. “Asylum” is the first part of the intended 3 part project. This will be the first time any of this project is presented to the public.
Asylum revolves around their grandmother Regina’s experience leaving Europe. Beginning with escaping the Nazi invasion of Paris with her two young children (Penina’s father and aunt), then leading a group of Jews across the Alps into Italy, crossing the Atlantic, and becoming part of the small number of refugees allowed into the United States at the end of WWII.
This show is built of evocative paintings and prints of mountains. Penina uses the Alps, represented in bold colors and looming forms, as a representation signifying both the fear of persecution and the relief of even temporary safety. In addition, the show includes Risograph prints of sketchbook pages, revealing concepts behind the paintings. These pages contain quotes from an interview with Regina, conducted by the Shoah Foundation in 1996, about her experience escaping the war.
Ultimately, the final project will include explorations of their father growing up in the tenements of the Lower East Side of Manhattan and Penina’s own story, building on their family history and exploring the reality of the theory of generational trauma.