Emanu (Our Mother)
“Emanu (Our Mother)” draws from the story of the biblical matriarch Rachel.
Exploring the artist’s relationship with Judaism and gender, this series of self portraits examine ritual, religion, and spirituality. Viewed through a feminist lens, this work explores distinct embodied performances of a sacred feminine archetype.
Rachel Woroner is a Canadian visual artist and photographer (b 1991). Her work addresses cultural identity, spirituality, familial and Jewish history and intersectional feminism. With self-portraiture, she strives to understand the complex web of identity formation: how do human relationships, entwined with heritage and ancestral affiliations, shape the self? Woroner seeks to reveal subtle beliefs and verities; to evoke emotion through photography.
All of Woroner’s work is approached through a gendered and feminist lens which brings to the forefront life within the parameters of a violent maledominated society. Engaging with notions of female subjectivity and female spirituality, her practice cannot ignore the links between patriarchy and violence and the incredible exercises of everyday resistance to male violence that are part of being a woman today.
She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography at Concordia University in 2013 and has since exhibited in Canada, The United Kingdom, The United States and Mexico.