Iron lady: Sculptress Dina Merhav retraces her steps – Journeys

 

Dina Merhav is a sculptress who specializes in outdoor iron constructions – the fourth generation of her family to work with the industrial metal. She has installed works in Israel, China, India, the US, Croatia and beyond.

A Holocaust survivor, Merhav was born in Vinkovci, Yugoslavia (now Croatia). She was only five years old when the Germans invaded her homeland in 1941, and her father, who was a Royal Yugoslav Army officer, was captured and imprisoned. Merhav then fled with the rest of her family to Italy, and eventually arrived in Switzerland. After the War, her family reunited and made Aliyah.

Merhav joins Rogel Alpher to explain why she waited until 2010 to return to the town of her birth, and how she came to work in iron.

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Playlist:

Beethoven – Moonlight Sonata
Efrat Rotem – Avinu Malkenu
Astrud Gilberto, João Gilberto and Stan Getz – Garota de Ipanema
Efrat Rotem – from Bellini’s Romeo and Juliet

 

Photo courtesy of Dina Merhav.

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