Instructions for Mending the World

Opened: 29 February 2024
Closed: 2 June 2024

See Instructions for Mending the World by Harry Nankin from Thursday 29 February—Sunday 02 June.

The Jewish Museum of Australia: Gandel Centre of Judaica are thrilled to present Instructions for Mending the World by artist and writer Harry Nankin. Combining varied techniques of image-making, Nankin has created a vast collection of works which juxtapose images of deep space with impressions of cloth captured through a precise process of light exposure.

Nankin’s work examines connection and repair, reflecting on the mystical Kabbalist’s call for Tikkun olam: to ‘mend the world’. Invoking the expanse of the cosmos against the suggestion of interwoven threads to create fabric, Instructions for Mending the World invites us to consider what such repair implies.

‘Which film in each piece constitutes the “instructions” and which is for “mending” is undefined,’ Nankin says. ‘Just as what distinguishes the why from the how of reality remains unknowable to us now, and probably always will.’

Tickets to visit Instructions to Mend the World are on sale now.

For more details, read our media release here.

Image: Harry Nankin, The Veils 1 (SHEKKINAH), 2023.


JMA Member: Free
General Adult: $20
Senior Concession: $16
Student (any age): $12
Carer or Companion: Free
Family (2 Adults & 2 Students): $51
Children under 10: Free
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