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July 30, 2020

Jennifer Dickson, Credo: Four(Synagogue, Cordoba, Spain), 2003–2011, archival inkjet print. © Jennifer Dickson. Copyright Visual Arts – CARCC, 2020.

We invite you to discover an artwork from Jennifer Dickson’s exhibition The Credo Project and virtually travel to the architectural space that inspired it! Exploring sacred spaces of the three Abrahamic religions and examining how these buildings bear the passage of time, the images in The Credo Project were captured during Dickson’s travels to the U.K., Cyprus, Portugal, Spain, Turkey and Morocco between 1979 and 2008. Here, we take a closer look at the Synagogue of Cordoba depicted in Credo: Four. The Credo Project is currently on view at the OAG until February 7, 2021.

Did you know that in Medieval Spain there was peaceful co- existence and cultural exchange between Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities prior to later forced conversions and persecutions? This climate is reflected in Jennifer Dickson’s photographs of the Synagogue of Cordoba, built in Cordoba’s Jewish Quarter in 1315 by Muslim craftsmen. On the interior, the Mudéjar tradition (which refers to the application of ornamentation and decorative elements that stems from Islamic art) appears in the multi-foiled arch and stuccoed plant motifs, which stand alongside lines of Hebrew script. Click here to explore a 360 view of the prayer hall captured in Dickson’s photograph, and explore more of the building on Google Earth here

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