The Lost Children of Israel


→ Video, color, sound, 20’ 40’’
2016

EN
“Lost Children of Israel” or “Great Millstone” is a religious congregation founded in the beginning of the 90s in the United States, that later spread throughout Europe. Their activity aims to disseminate their interpretation of the content of the Bible and the Apocryphal writings through public readings. Such interpretations of the religious message are contaminated by African American culture, mixed with elements from dystopian sci-fi movies, internet culture and various conspiracy theories. The video was filmed in September 2015 in Bijlmer, the southeast area of Amsterdam, where 70% of the population is constituted by immigrants from former Dutch colonies.

IT
“Lost Children of Israel” o “Great Millstone” è il nome di una congregazione religiosa e cospirativa, nata negli Stati Uniti durante la prima metà degli anni ’90, poi diffusasi in Europa. La loro attività è volta alla divulgazione verbale dei contenuti della Bibbia e degli scritti apocrifi attraverso letture pubbliche, in cui l’interpretazione del messaggio religioso è contaminata da elementi provenienti dal panafricanesimo, dal cinema di fantascienza, internet culture e teorie del complotto. Il video è stato girato a settembre 2015 a Bijlmer, quartiere a sud-est di Amsterdam popolato per il 70% da immigrati provenienti da ex-colonie olandesi.

Ryts Monet, Lost Children of Israel
Ryts Monet, THE LOST CHILDREN OF ISRAEL, Bijlmer, Amsterdam South-East, 2016


Ryts Monet, Lost Children of Israel, 2016
Ryts Monet, THE LOST CHILDREN OF ISRAEL, still from video, 2016
Ryts Monet, Lost Children of Israel, 2016
Installation view at APERTO (open studios), FONDAZIONE ANTONIO RATTI, Como, 2016

Releted works:

→ Sunday
→ Lamassu
→ The Battle of Bijlmer
→ Carpet