Marcelle Bitton, Edri at Mea She’arim, single frame, 2019. Photo by N. Rotshtein.

Weekly Highlights in Jerusalem’s Contemporary Art Scene

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Exhibition Opening: Mysterious Jerusalem |Among the earliest photographs from Jerusalem were salt-prints made by Ernst Benecke and Auguste Salzmann in 1852 and 1854. The long exposures obliterated all movement and blurred the forms of any people who happened to be passing through: what is left is the enduring image of the buildings and the play of light over their surface for long periods.Neil Folberg’s Celestial Nights series, made from 1997 to 2002, depicted the night landscape under the starry dome. These contemporary night scenes of Jerusalem resonate with the spirit of the early prints made nearly 150 years earlier.Exhibition Opening Tuesday, September 23 at Vision Gallery, 18 Yosef Rivlin Street. Opening hours: Mon-Wed 11:00-19:00 or by appointment. For more info, click here. 

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Neil Folberg, Temple Mount with Comet Hale-Bopp, Jerusalem 1998 

Gallery Talk: New Members Exhibition | It is an established tradition at the Artists’ House to open the year’s exhibition season with a show by the newest members of  The Jerusalem Artists’ Association. Two artists has joined this year: Korin Abisdris and Matia Oren. Gallery Talk with the artists and curator Irene Gordon, Tuesday September 24th, 18:00 at The Jerusalem Artists House, HaNaggid St. 12. For more info, click here. 

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Korin Abisdris, acrylic on canvas, 2019.

Video Screening: Edri in Me’a Sha’arim |Marcelle Bitton uses original scenes from the film Breakfast At Tiffany’s while changing their purpose. She chooses original scenes and reconnects them – image to image – through the use of the same storyboard and the same camera movement. The film “Edri in Me’a Sha’arim” is filmed in the conservative and orthodox neighborhood in Jerusalem called “Me’a Sha’arim”. Audrey became Edri (a popular Moroccan name), eating Spinge rather than croissant, and the expensive jewelry window shopping  is replaced by a gaze to the Jerusalem wall stones of the neighborhood. Bitton maintains the gender-based work distribution that is customary in the female-orthodox cinema, in which there are no men at all, or the men are represented by women. Film Screening Tuesday September 24th, 20:00 at Art Cube Artists Studios, HaUman St. 26, floor 3. For more info and registrations, click here.

Marcelle Bitton, Edri at Mea She’arim- part 1, single frame, 2019, video art. Credit for photography_ N. Rotshtein .PNG
Marcelle Bitton, Edri at Mea She’arim, single frame, 2019. Photo by N. Rotshtein.

Gallery Talk: Working End Standing End | The exhibition refers to a term used in knots tying. Holding both ends of the rope, one side is standing while the other side is making the knot. The exhibition presents a special project created by Maya Attoun  during her work at The Jerusalem Print Workshop over the past year, and includes screenprints and mezzotints alongside and combined with sculptures. Gallery Talk Wednesday, September 25th 19:30 at Jerusalem Print Workshop, Shivtei Israeli St. 38. For more info, click here. 

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Exhibition Opening: Democracy Now |Drawings, photographs and installations which challenge the visitor to examine what is left from democracy, and what remains of the promise for a new world of equal rights and opportunities. Have we lost hope in democracy? Has democracy become a synonym for corruption? Have the mission of democracy and those it was meant to serve been forgotten? Featuring the works of Marshall Arisman, David Tartakover, Shirley Faktor, Rachel Erdos, and Noam Braslavsky. Exhibition Opening Friday September 27, 11:00 at Museum On The Seam, Chel Hadassah St. 4. For more info, click here. 

Democracy Now - David Tartakover, United Colors of Netanyahu
David Tartakover, “United Colors of Netanyahu”

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