Born in Curaçao (into a photographic family), I studied in Boston and live in Jerusalem. (Consequently,) I dance the tumba in Papiamentu, count in Dutch (my first literary language), write creative nonfiction and poetry in English, hike (and protest) in Hebrew and feel at home (only) in the in-between.
Much of my writing is inspired by my hiking and traveling (in the in-between) or by my background in (between) architecture and sociology (my MA thesis was on in-between spaces). My book House Without Doors (see http://www.ritamendesflohr.com/house-without-doors/) was published in Tel Aviv in 2012, in Hebrew translation. Currently, I am completing a manuscript on hiking in the desert, entitled “Dance of the Desert – Reflections on the Eros of Landscape.”
In the early nineteen-nineties, I became active as a visual artist (painter), exhibiting in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. I am the co-founder of Antea, a multi-cultural feminist art gallery in Jerusalem and served as its director and principal curator from 1998 to 2010. Today, my medium is photography, particularly, the interplay between photography and words.
http://housewithoutdoors.blogspot.co.il/ בית ללא דלתות -ספרי עותון 77, תל אביב, 2012 -
- three poems and four photographs of mine have been published in the Fall 2016 issue of Hawai'i Review - #85. (Netherworld, Eurydice in the Galilee and Fishing Stones)
- of these, Fishing Stones, and fifth photograph from the Gorges series, can be accessed online: http://hawaiireview.org/poetry/2017/1/2/rita-mendes-flohr-fishing-stones
- a slideshow of my desert photos appeared in the journal Persimmon Tree: http://www.persimmontree.org/v2/summer-2016/rita-mendes-flohr-gorge-from-within
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