Coat of the Agunot

2010 / Paper

In orthodox Judaism, an agunah is a woman whose husband refuses to give her a religious divorce, thereby  forcing her into a chained state: unable to remarry, enter into a relationship or have children. These coats are composed of hundreds and hundreds of shredded marriage certificates, a metaphor for the state of her marriage. Reassembled into bulky and enormous coats, sewn shut at the sleeves and hems, these coats allude to her trapped, hopeless state.

Permission for use of the antique kettubot was given by the Israel National Library.