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HAYA RAN a synopsis of her words about her works

The materials that feed her works are taken from her her personal memory reservoir that stores also the 'colective memory'. The acts of covering, wrapping, folding, sewing, hide and show underground processes that makeup The general "Human Us" and request a new discussion of the double meaning mesasges, we were brought up on as Girls and as women.

The Group of works shown in this exhibition relate to a questionaire For a contest of the "Ideal House wife 1956", in which her mother participated hoping to win the title as well as the promised prizes a frigidaire, a sewing machine,a set of pans and pots, etc.

Questions: Are you able to economize? Which are your favorite handicrafts? Are your children well behaved? "Are You Happy to Receive Guests?"[as she named one of the works - MBC] etc. are used by her as an origin from which to ponder about those double messages.

This is the generation of parents that came to Israel out of Zionistic reasons and hoped to build a state as a society that praises in values of Justice and Equality and 'money' was a `dirty` word and the 'intellectual' values were the important values. The sentence "It is Good to Die for our Country", that was a constant companion theme in our educational system in those days, is the background of both "The Aprons" and "Lie Quietly" in which she deals with the Myth of the Victim and sacrifices that THIS genartion made `For The Children'.

The letters sewn into the Aprons are from a private collection of morality & reproach letters written to her by her mother. All other parts were taken from the parental home.