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Bobba Knows Best – A language without words

Grandmothers perform different roles in different families. Every grandchild will have a different name for their grandmother; something deriving from geographical origins, or ages-old habits that stick over time. Sometimes grandchildren call their grandmothers by what their parents called their own grandmothers; sometimes grandchildren develop their own affectionate names when they are young.

When crowd-sourcing photographs and stories of relationships with grandmothers, the Sydney Jewish Museum’s curators discovered another element of language that exists between grandmothers and grandchildren: one that transcends words.

This photo of Ilan Kidron with his Nana Peggy Sorger expresses the intimate language of dance that connects the two generations.

“Dancing has always been part of the language Nana and I have spoken. Ever since I remember being measured on the wall next to the pantry in her kitchen, we danced. We danced to the radio, to our own voices, to records, then CDs and now to songs on our iPhones. When we hold each other, letting ourselves become one with the music, it allows us to relax and bathe in the sunshine of our love. There is no need to say anything at all. Just to dance.

“Over the years the moves have slowed a little, but I don’t care one bit.” – Ilan Kidron.

‘Bobba Knows Best’ is on display now on the Museum’s Ground Floor.


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