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Saudade: A Sephardic journey
9th April 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm£3 - £6
10 years ago, after a series of seemingly disparate coincidences, Judy Rodrigues began a journey into 300 years of East End London Jewish history, which led her back through her grandfather’s Sephardic Marrano Jewish roots to Portugal and Northern Spain As an artist, the histories and stories became part of ‘life being lived’ as they began to permeate, enrich and expand the poetic metaphors of experience and place through her work. The journey became as much a search for the sense of a lost community, as that of an individual identity.
Judy Rodrigues is an artist working in contemporary contexts with a studio at Spike Island, Bristol. In 2008 she was awarded a residency grant in Mertola, Portugal followed by an exhibition in Porto. In 2014 she received an Arts Council grant to work in Isle of Wight and exhibited in Dimbola Lodge, once home of the photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. In 2017 she exhibited in Pico Island, Azores and then worked on a collaborative publication with Portuguese poet Jose Efe. Their book, In Pico, will be launched Jan 2019.
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