A Feminist Nativity Scene: Mary's Perspective
The Other Side was an immersive alternative nativity scene commissioned by First United Methodist Church of Los Angeles and realized by locally based multidisciplinary artist, Noa Yekutieli. This nativity project examined the ways the story of the Virgin Mary has been typically told and how women in similar situations continue to be treated. This responsive installation recites Mary’s narrative through the lives of two present day women visually depicted in the piece. The women embody a situation parallel to Mary‘s struggle against the stigma and challenges of a homeless, pregnant and unwed woman.
Noa Yekutieli’s large-scale immersive installation gradually shifted in appearance as it traces the birth of Jesus Christ over a twenty-four day period- it opened on December 15th 2017 and culminated on January 7, 2018. The installation took place at the corner of Olympic and Flower streets on a multi-use site that operates as a parking lot during the week. This space, which is all that remains of the church’s past physical property, prompted the public to grapple with the relevance of this biblical scene within a contemporary context.
Now Art is proud to be a partner alongside the First United Methodist Church. We celebrate the realization of this project with our partners who without their support, this landmark project would not have been possible.
- On View: December 15, 2017 through January 7, 2018
- Artist: Noa Yekutieli
- In Partnership with: First United Methodist Church of Los Angeles
- Location: Corner of Olympic Blvd & Flower St