Curated by Revd Jonathan Evens
Themes of identity and migration feature significantly in both the Hebrew and Christian Bibles and images from these Bibles are a substantive element of the Ben Uri Collection.
This exhibition includes a range of Biblical images from the Collection in order to explore migration themes through consideration of the images, the Bible passages which inspired them and the relationship between the two. The combination of images and texts enables a
range of different reflections, relationships and disjunctions to be explored. These include the aesthetic, anthropological, devotional, historical, sociological and theological.
The result is that significant synergies can be found between the ancient texts and current issues. In this way, stories and images which may, at first, appear to be describing or defining specific religious doctrines can be seen to take on a shared applicability by exploring or revealing the challenges and changes bound up in the age-old experience of migration.
The images are presented broadly in the order that the stories on which they are based appear in either the Hebrew or Christian scriptures.