24 October 2017 - 4 Heshvan 5778 - ד' חשון ה' אלפים תשע"ח
Arts & Culture
JerusaLENS – The Jubilee Exhibition photography challenge E-mail

The “JerusaLENS International Photography Exhibition” opened at the Ammunition Hill Conference Center in Jerusalem in June. The top 100 photographs from the JerusaLENS international photography competition are being exhibited until 6 August. Entrance to the exhibition is free.

The spectacular photos were submitted to “JerusaLENS, the Jerusalem Photography Challenge”, which took place on the international photography competition website GuruShots. The Challenge honours the jubilee year of the Six Day War at Ammunition Hill, where some of the most bitter battles for the liberation of Jerusalem were fought exactly 50 years ago. It has become the largest collection of photographs of Jerusalem on the web.

The Challenge was initiated by Ammunition Hill with the support of the Jewish National Fund (JNF), JNF-USA, the Jerusalem Affairs and Heritage Ministry, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Tourism. Photographers from all over the world were invited to upload photographs of Jerusalem, from any time and on any subject.

Some 14,500 photographs from 84 countries were uploaded within one-and-a-half months, and received 2.4 million votes, a record number for World Cities challenges on the GuruShots site, more photos and votes than Paris, New York and London.

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Author David Grossman wins Man Booker International Prize E-mail

Israeli author David Grossman won the Man Booker International Prize for his novel A Horse Walks Into a Bar. The award was announced on 14 June in London.

Grossman beat out five other finalists, including fellow Israeli author Amos Oz, for the counterpart to Britain’s prestigious Booker Prize.

Grossman’s novel is about a failing standup comic and his final performance. Set in a small Israeli town, the novel is focused entirely on the act of comedian Dovaleh Greenstein. He takes to the stage to needle his audience with vulgar and aggressive jokes, but his repellent performance begins to crumble as he reveals a fateful and gruesome decision he once made that has haunted him ever since.

The award prize of U$64,000 was split evenly between Grossman and his translator, Jessica Cohen.

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Chinese artist Ai Weiwei debuts exhibition in Israel E-mail

For the first time, an exhibition by renowned Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei is on view at the Israel Museum. It will run through to 28 October.

Ai Weiwei is considered one of the most prominent cultural figures of the 21st century. Known for his monumental works combining large-scale installations with traditional Chinese handicrafts, he addresses contemporary issues including human rights, freedom of expression, the refugee crisis, the treatment of immigrants and government censorship.

Spread across a number of the Museum’s galleries, the “Ai Weiwei: Maybe, Maybe Not” exhibition debuts new works and displays a series of installations that examine the relationship between individuals and their vast social culture.

Ai Weiwei’s new monumentally scaled Iron Tree – towering over 8 metres tall and weighing 14 tons – greets visitors as they enter along the Museum’s promenade.

Inside, iconic installations, including Trees, Soft Ground and Sunflower Seeds, are presented together with complementary works by the artist. He is renowned for making strong aesthetic statements that also resonate with timely phenomena across today’s geopolitical world.

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