Turning Inward Three New Exhibitions at Musrara Galleries
The current exhibition cluster at Musrara galleries delves into our modes of observation—at ourselves and our immediate world, and at others and their lives—in corona times, through photography, video, and sound. It examines how works of art articulate feelings of distress, anxiety, and rift, while creating a visual poetics.
-- Avi Sabag, Chief Curator
The Naggar School of Art and Society, Jerusalem
10 September – 31 December 2020
Gallery hours: Sun.-Thurs., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Urban Vegetation and Wild Thorns
Morel Derfler Gallery, 9 HaAyin Het St., in the yard
Curator: Almog Gez
Artists: Boaz Aharonovitch | Davi Barell | Neta Cones | Yuval Naor | Yali Reichert | Gustavo Sagorsky | Yaron Rosner | Maya Zehavi
In the annual exhibition in memory of artist Morel Derfler (1956–2001), the participating artists correspond with works from his series of photographs Urban Vegetation created almost four decades ago—responding to his attempt to create "forced nature" from rootless branches he photographed on the roof of his house. They observe the outside from their domestic interiors, examining the power relations and reciprocities between man and the surrounding nature in various ways. At times, nature infiltrates and invades the work; at others, it is the work of art that spawns it.
The Body Alone
The Social Gallery, Musrara Community Center, 22 Shivtei Israel St., 4th floor, Jerusalem
Curator: Ori Drumer
Artists: Chen Cohen | Aya Zaiger
The exhibition "The Body Alone" observes the body as it emerged during the so-called "ongoing COVID-19 crisis." As per an emergency call issued by the government and health authorities, in the name of public order and preservation of public health, the human body was requested to self-isolate, shut itself in, shelter at home, resulting in uncanny anxieties. The exhibition spans sculptural and cinematic works alongside archival materials from the history of photography which correspond with texts by philosophers and psychoanalysts written during Corona virus times, in an attempt to lend meaning to the body in this period.
The New Gallery, Musrara
The historical building, 9 HaAyin Het St., Jerusalem
Curator: Michal BarOr
Artists: Dana Levy | Maya Perry | Avishai Platek | Hadas Satt | Miri Segal
The exhibition "Natural Glitch" addresses the desire to document and preserve the outside world, which we call "nature," and the failure to realize that passion. The participating artists propose different ways to frame outdoor nature and introduce it indoors, but their attempt to fixate the external world encounters countless obstacles, and the resulting images are all distorted, whether blinded by the light of the photographic flash, gnawed upon by fungi, turned upside down, or broken. The exhibition examines the attempt to represent nature through the very failure of the act of representation. At no pointed are viewers lured by the illusion which programs such as Planet Earth attempt to create, since the works present things as they are.