My Genziah: Holy Trash by Rachel Libeskind presents a contemporary interpretation of the traditional Genizah – the storeroom or depository in a synagogue a cemetery in which worn-out and heretical or disgraced Hebrew books or papers are placed. Crafted with texts and objects formerly belonging to the American Jewish Historical Society collections, My Genizah is a hardedge, personal commentary on the making of the Jewish archive from the documents of the Genizah, and on today’s archival procedures of sorting, cataloguing, and organizing history.

Rachel Libeskind, Holy Trash: My Genizah, 2016. Courtesy of the artist.