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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.

Untitled, curated by Saron Paz at the Social gallery with the help of Hadar Golan
, focuses on the spirit of the novel reflected by the intersection of art, society and technology. Utopian Musil sought to create a new man, a “man without qualities” who will resist any identity that history may thrust upon him and even establish a “country without identities.” At an age of multiple and blurred identities, Musil’s utopian alternative is particularly appealing. While we lose control and the link to our past identities, the artificial world around us amasses intelligence and constructs its own identity. The exhibition wishes to explore the ways in which people, cultures, and technology look for a new identity or shed other identities that are no longer relevant to them.

גלריה חברתית מיה שרבני ומיה מגנטWork by Maya Sharabani & Maya Magnat