On exhibit at The Jewish Museum, New York, NY, March 10 – August 5, 2007
Photography and video are powerful artistic mediums for mining day-to-day life, and nowhere is this more evident than in Israel today. Dateline Israel: New Photograph and Video Art presents the work of twenty-three artists who view Israel since the year 2000 as a society that has outgrown the utopian model of its settlement and statehood. The inclusion of works by both Israelis and non-Israelis in these galleries reflects the growing emergence of Israel as a subject of widening interest among artists.
Contested land, religious ideology, and the rights and needs of Israelis and Palestinians are concerns that these artists negotiate as they seek to portray a nation often divided against itself. This exhibition presents a country in flux that only a multiplicity of perspectives can bring into focus. While Dateline Israel may reinforce the impression of a place where conflict can overwhelm daily life, the photographs and videos in this exhibition also offer a richer and more nuanced view of the Jewish state, revealing the tangled, elusive reality of an ever-evolving land.
This exhibit is open for viewing during regular and Saturday hours. The museum is open in a limited capacity on Shabbat. No commerce takes place – admission is free and the museum shop is closed; stairs are open, and the elevator is operated by a non-Jew, stopping on each floor; all interactive exhibits are closed.
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