Shifra Osorio Whewell: Rebecca & Her Children
‘Shifra Osorio Whewell uses film and music to tell old stories and tell them again, fresher. With great interest in history, she deploys niche narratives, to formulate comments about current social and political themes. Armed with music, performance, and film she verbalizes complex plots into spoken narration. The world she is assembling is rhythmic and colorful. Props and costume build fantasy carnival worlds where everyday objects and events get turned upside down and inside out. She has recently graduated from the audio-visual department Gerrit Rietveld Academie. She lives and works in Amsterdam.
A Newsical broadcast covering the Rebecca Riots: It is July 13th 1843 and West Wales has suffered terrible harvests, while rents, tithes, poor rates and crucially the turnpike tolls rise higher and higher. Agricultural communities are plunged into dire poverty. Recalling a blessing in Genesis ‘Let thy seed possess the gate of those who hate them’, mobs of farmers dress themselves as Rebecca to march on the tollgates. In the battle that ensues, fluo fringed gate builders clash with the masked and resplendent daughters of Rebecca.’
– Galerie Ron Mandos