where are all the radical jews?
Performance, Montreal, Quebec
Wearing a Yiddish-language sign that read, Where are all the radical Jews? I stood vigil outside sites of historical importance to the Montreal Jewish community at what I consider to be the height of its progressive politics, during the 1930s 1950s. This work is a personal commentary on a marked shift toward more conservative politics by a growing number of Montreal Jews.
This photo was taken outside Wilensky's, a historic Montreal lunch counter. The original Wilesnky's was located a few blocks away. My performance here is motivated more by nostalgia than fact, as I imagine Wilesnsky's not only as a social site, but the site of informal political discussion and organizing.