A series of meetings with artists
This series of meetings includes discussions with directors, artists, curators, writers, and poets about the meaning of the political in contemporary art in Israel and the challenges it faces: On the one hand, artistic endeavor is subservient to a commercial logic and a consumerist lifestyle that is increasingly detached from political life. On the other hand, it is difficult to adopt a critical stance against both the growing nationalism and the left whose priorities evolved in a colonial framework. Under these circumstances, and especially in light of the history of Zionist art, the political aspects of art are not self-evident. Moreover, the role of the political in private life is viewed as problematic and sometimes even undesirable. In this series of meetings we will discuss these challenges and will explore how artists in different fields cope with them.
The meetings will be conducted as conversations among the participants and will include works of plastic art, scenes from films, and literary texts.