“It’s really a piece about the dying community of Venice, an allegory about big issues of life and death,” said Amitai Mendelsohn, senior curator of the Israeli Art department at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, who organized the show. “Aldo is an intermediary between life and death, a remnant of this Jewish population.”
Since the tombstones — and sometimes even the contents of the graves — had been desecrated, damaged or removed, Mr. Izzo has made restoring both graveyards his life’s work. He has hung the broken headstones that were separated from their grave sites around the cemetery’s enclosed border, creating an installation of its own. In one video, he talks about how some of the headstones have a hole at the bottom, where the soul is said to appear when the dead arise.
“For me, the project is not what’s on the wall, but all these conversations,” Ms. Goldvicht said. “His wife died last year, he’s living alone on the Lido and losing his eyesight, and he’s still going to the cemetery. Aldo is burying the community.”
“It’s kind of like a poem,” she added. “It’s a reduced version of all of it.”
Ms. Goldvicht straddles several subcultures; she comes from a family of Hasidic and rabbinical background and lives in Jerusalem with her husband, Jonatan Benarroch, a kabbalah scholar, with their daughters, ages 2 and 4.
Yet Ms. Goldvicht is…