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10 January 2024

Vienna Insight: Artworks titled 'October 7, 2023' by Zoya Cherkassky-Nnadi in the public window of the Jewish Museum Vienna

The Jewish Museum Vienna, located in Dorotheergasse in the city's first district, is currently exhibiting a series of paintings by Ukrainian-Israeli artist Zoya Cherkassky-Nnadi (born in 1976 in Kiev, emigrated to Israel with her family in 1991) in one from the street freely accessible windows. Entitled 'October 7, 2023,' the artworks artistically depict the attack on Israel by the Hamas terrorist organization on that specific date. Cherkassky-Nnadi began painting the series four days after October 7. The artist emphasizes the universal significance, while also referring to the specific events of October 7. After the attack on Kibbutz Be'eri, Cherkassky-Nnadi drew parallels to the events behind Pablo Picasso's Guernica, and speaks of the Israeli Guernica, saying that it's similar because it's just a massacre of innocent people. Pablo Picasso's Guernica is a response to the German-Italian air raid on the Spanish town of Guernica (Basque: Gernika) during the Spanish Civil War on April 26, 1937, and helped raise awareness of the brutality. Other references that the artist incorporates into her work include Edvard Munch, Giotto, and Käthe Kollwitz.

Image: Window of the Jewish Museum Vienna, Dorotheergasse showing 'October 7, 2023' by Zoya Cherkassky-Nnadi. The exhibited artworks are courtesy of Zoya Cherkassky-Nadi and the Rosenfeld Gallery, Tel Aviv; curators: Tom Juncker, Adina Seeger. Window design: Fuhrer, Vienna. Photo: © Jewish Museum Vienna / Stefan Fuhrer.

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