In Thy Tent I Dwell
This is the artist's most introspective art piece as of this date. First featured in 2016 at The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum and then at the Jewish Museum of Florida, both in Miami, this installation retells the stories of immigration, adaptation, forced conversions, and hybridization of the artist's family through their 500-year Diaspora. Foregoing a linear narrative, Chimen has produced a multi-sensory experience of nostalgia by painting, threading, writing, and appliqueing on photographs, birth certificates, inquisitional archives, and immigration documents onto the outside of a tent-like structure. Interspersed amongst these are fragments of testimonials that the artist has hand-written, in addition, prayers, rabbinical-chanting, Portuguese folk music, and sounds found in the domestic sphere emanate from the structure's interior, as does hints of smells of spices – a nod to its role in trade and migration. The tears in the canvas allow for a partial glimpse of the inside – perhaps a metaphor for the secrecy connected to crypto-Judaism, which his family was forced to adopt as far back as the Spanish Inquisition in the fifteenth century. A free Enhanced Ebook version is also available here. See below the PDF and the video synopsis of In Thy Tent I Dwell.