Jenny Rafalson (MFA 2020) works in photography and video. In her work she explores questions of immigration, belonging, and hierarchy in modern societies.
Illustration by Justine Guzman
Growing up as an immigrant from the former U.S.S.R. in Israel, I had to adjust myself to be part of Israeli society. I had to give up the culture and identity from home almost completely for the Israeli.
Moving to the U.S. to study in grad school, the physical and the emotional distance from home made me look in a different way at home and on myself. It made me look at my identity that I fought so hard to be, while never acknowledging what it truly meant to be Israeli. What it meant to be Sabra.