About Yona

 
 

Yona Verwer is a Dutch-born, New York based multimedia artist whose works explore personal and collective identity, history, tikkun olam, and kabbalah.


Verwer’s work has been recognized internationally through exhibitions at the Jerusalem Biennale, Yeshiva University Museum, Andy Warhol Factory, Ein Harod Museum, the Bronx Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art, Mizel Museum, Reginald Lewis Museum of African-American Art, Stanback Museum, Canton Museum of Art, and the Holocaust Memorial Center.


She has been published in 4 languages, including the New York Times by William Zimmer, The New Yorker by Boris Fishman, Art Criticism by Matthew Baigell, Ars Judaica, The Huffington Post, NRC Handelsblad, The Daily News, The Forward, The Jewish Week, and Sh’ma Journal.  Verwer is [also] featured in Ori Soltes’ Tradition and Transformation: Three Millennia of Jewish Art and Architecture.


Furthermore, Verwer has lectured at The Jewish Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art, and the JCC Manhattan. More recently she is the co-founder and director of the Jewish Art Salon


She exhibited, curated in galleries and museums nationally and internationally, and in addition produced over 30 exhibitions and 40 art events globally.

View her resume here and press here.


In addition she is doing interactive, collaborative works incorporating Augmented Reality. These works consist of digital painting collage and acrylic paint on canvas, with Augmented Reality. Using an iPad or smart-phone, the viewer triggers videos embedded in the artwork, embarking on a discovery process that leads the viewer closer to experiencing the themes of the work.


With artist Katarzyna Kozera she is  collaborating on the series “The Book of Yona”, which weaves together their stories as immigrants with the biblical story of Yona’s namesake Jonah (Yona): the biblical prophet who fled his homeland and was swallowed by a whale in a terrible storm.

These works echo the artists’ own journeys both from Europe to New York and from Catholicism to Judaism. Conversion requires ritual immersion, a submersion of the body into a pool of water in order to symbolize a “change of soul”. The water thus symbolizes birth as a Jew.


Their series “Umim & Tumim” addresses the current situation in the Mid-East and kabbalah.


With artist Cynthia Beth Rubin their series “History, Heritage and the Lower East Side” blends the stories of the past and the present in layers of paint, photographs, video, recordings, and music. Working with Jewish architecture from throughout the world, our work evokes the traces of melded histories.

 

Name: Yona Verwer


College: Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, Netherlands.

Master’s Degree Fine Art.


Art Resume


Downloadable 2- Page Resume PDF


Art Press

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Curation Resume


Curation Press


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Links

  1. yonaverwer.com

  2. History Heritage & the Lower East Side

  3. Jewish Art Salon

  4. NY Art Tutor




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Images


Top: New Museum, NYC, 2014, with Art Kibbutz NY.


Above: Jerusalem Biennale, 2015, with the Jewish Art Salon.