My name is Cohen

My name is Cohen is a serie of portraits by Daniel Cohen (photo's) and Mischa Cohen (text). On November 24th 2011 the exhibition opened in the Jewish Historical Museum. Untill March 11th 2012. Because it is going so well the Museum decided to extend it for a few more weeks, till april 15th 2012.

 

From their own experience Daniel Cohen and Mischa Cohen (not related) know that Cohen's feel people expect a certain opinion because of the names background. An opinion about the Israeli settlement policy, the meaning of the Jewish holidays, the consequences of the Shoah, ritual slaughtering without sedation, the relation to Job Cohen (Dutch social democratic politician) or the pro's and cons of being circumcised.

 

In what way does your last name determine your identity? Beside Daniel and Mischa there are about fifteen hundred Cohen's in Holland. How do the other Cohen's relate to their last name, they wondered. They searched for twenty five Cohen's from different generations and backgrounds: male, female, orthodox, agnostic, pro- and anti- Israel, Jewish, non-Jewish, Shoah's first, second and third generations - in My name is Cohen all their stories are told.

 

Thanks to: Peter, Sem, Aaron, Rosa, Alida, Paul, Jisca, Thea, Fred, Tony, Dennis, Joktan, Roselyne, Iris, Lois, Ben, Harry, Sieny, Nina, Julie-Marthe, Ralph, Jaap, David, Horace en Gen Cohen

My name is Cohen