PHOTOPOETICS explores the intersection of photography, video, art, and poetry. The project wishes to set in motion a discussion and exploration of the relationship and tension between the written word and the visual image. The experimental project is characteristic of Musrara Art School’s activity as a place for contemporary art at the heart of Jerusalem’s seam line – between East and West, a site of many existential experiences, identities and cultures.

In its 7th iteration, PHOTOPOETICS centers around Robert Musil’s novel The Man Without Qualities, written  before World War II. Avi Sabag, the head curator of the Musrara Art School Galleries, identifies parallels between the period in which the novel was written and today’s Israel, specifically the question of multiple identities that is so pertinent to the Middle East in general, and to Musrara neighborhood in particular.

The Sense of Possibility People, curated by Ilanit Konopny at the New Gallery, focuses on the notion of “Sense of Possibility” from Musil’s novel. “But if there is a sense of reality… then there must also be something we can call a sense of possibility,” writes Musil, who describes the man without qualities as one who has “the ability to conceive of everything there might be just as well, and to attach no more importance to what is than to what is not.” According to him, “a possible experience or truth” has “something quite divine about it, a fire, a soaring, a readiness to build …that does not shrink from reality but sees it as a project.” The participating artists were invited to create works that hold a sense of possibility. Their works and practices open a possibility for transformation, gesture or quote of a source – from their own body of works or the works of others. 

נינו בניאשוילי האסתטיקה של הנדידה קולאז 2014Work by Nino Biniashvili