is an artist whose work includes commentary on community, identity, and systems of oppression. Having spent the past three years photographing people who live on communes and land-cooperatives across the West Coast and Israel / Palestine, he has become deeply immersed in land-based community living. Mitchel's passion for creating community and dismantling systems of oppression is largely informed by his religiously Jewish childhood and close relationship to his grandmother, a Holocaust survivor and resistor.
Despite it's patriarchal elements, the Jewish tradition is steeped in earth-based, communal, and pre-patriarchal traditions. Shabbat, the weekly holiday of rest, includes a ritual elemental alter symbolizing how our week of communal work enhances the divinity embodied in earth and matter. At the same time, it begins a day without work which serves as a weekly reminder and embodiment of Judaism's pre-patriarchal Garden of Eden origin story - the world was created in perfection and humans do not need to work to be in harmonious relationship with the Earth. Together we will practice and study this interweaving of earth-based and patriarchal traditions in hopes that it will inspire and empower us to uncover how our ancient traditions have been obscured by the patriarchy in a broader cross-cultural sense.