2016 – <em>New Victims</em>, Zoya Cherkassky

Artist Zoya Cherkassky (b.1976), an immigrant from Ukraine, depicts in oil on linen the difficulties that the ex-Soviet olim (immigrants) faced during the massive wave of aliyah in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Here the immigrants, dressed for the Russian winter, disembark the plane to the mild Israeli weather, where someone is distributing flags. Cherkassky’s paintings offer a humorous and occasionally biting commentary on the ironies of aliyah. (Image courtesy of the artist and Rosenfeld Gallery, Tel Aviv)