Mother Opium is a solo exhibition by Sagit Mezamer at The Mamuta Art and Research Center. On view in the exhibition are drawings, sculptures and video works that were born as a result of the artist’s research into the topic of drug addictions, in particular opiates. The exhibition moves along two axes. One axis reflects Mezamer’s research into early representations of opiate ceremonies and its uses, especially the representations of ancient rituals in honor of the goddess of opiates that were uncovered in the area of the Mediterranean Basin. The other axis revolves around recorded interviews Mezamer conducted with an individual who has coped with his addiction to opiates for over two decades.
Visitors to the show descend into another world, one that is different and disconnected from the outside world, where they behold ink and paint drawings by Mezamer that reflect the ancient use of opium, alongside a video piece that addresses the contemporary addiction to opiates. The destructive and the sacred, the deadly and liberating are all bound together in one exhibition, which seeks above all else to remind us that at the heart of all human desires, beyond escape, is the yearning to form a connection.