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Who is Shulamith?

Rivkah's first encounter with "Shulamith" was during her undergraduate studies at Bard College, where she majored in Art History. In studying the work of Post-war German artist Anselm Kiefer, Rivkah encountered the poem Todesfuge (Death Fugue) by Shoah survivor Paul Celan. In Todesfuge, Celan casts Shualmith and her "ashen hair" as a dark representation of Jewish feminine identity, compared to Margarete and her "golden hair" as iconography of German nationalism and its price. Rivkah has found herself "in Shulamith's shadow" ever since, responding to what she means to her in a variety of art forms.

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