Tuesday 25/04 at 19:00
Raya Manobla meets fellow-artist Talia Tokatly for a free-flowing discussion, a gathering devoid of hierarchy, an invitation to observe.
Non-profit art gallery in Jerusalem
Happy holidays to all!
The gallery will be close during the holidays of Pesach, 10-11.4 and 16-17.4. We will be open on our regular hours the rest of the week, come and visit us!
Wednesday 19/04 at 20:00
Presentation of the book: Off-photo – The other side of Israeli photography
Who and why? Who refused to be photographed and when? For what purpose were dozens of close-ups of Jewish faces used? Can a photograph be a unique and sacred relic? Who gives titles to photographs and sometimes thus frames the apparent abundance into a narrow stereotype? What is the mode of action of the self-portrait in photography, and of the portrait being done by a photographer? How do politicians’ photographs shape the public atmosphere? What is the significance of the family photos that filled our albums and that now flood your mobile phones and computers? And what is between artistic and documentary photography?
Off Photo book seeks to answer these questions and opens the door to countless new issues.
Articles by the top researchers in the field – about the key photo that survived the Holocaust, how Mizrachim were photographed in Israel, on the theory of photography, and on the photographs of Miri Regev in the press! Articles by Ami Steinitz, Talila Kush-Zohar, Orit Bashkin, Mimi Haskin, Sivan Rajuan Shtang, Noa Hazan, Amos Morris-Reich, Ktzia Alon, Zmira Poran Zion, Omri Ben Yehuda, Liat Sides, Tal Dekel
Wednesday 12.04 at 19:30
Presentation of a new book by Gali-Dana Singer “Waft and Waft”, published by Literature Without Borders
With professor Roman Katzman (Bar Ilan University)
Thursday 06.04 at 20:00
Fifty Years in the Occupied Territories – what did it do to the IDF, to democracy and to Israeli society?
A meeting and conversation with
Ami Ayalon, former member of the Knesset and former Head of Shabak
Mota Kremnitzer, Senior Israeli Jurist, Vice President of Democracy Research at the Israel Democracy Institute
Carmi Gillon, former Head of Shabak
Alik Ron, former Northern Police Chief Commander
Event Moderator: Eran Tzidkiyahu
Despite announcements in the media about the closure of the gallery, threats from the Jerusalem municipality, and freezing of their part of the gallery budget, we continue our life at Barbur as usual.
The fact that the lecture of “Breaking the Silence” at the gallery went on as planned is a victory for the spirit of freedom and proof that you can and should stand up to the threats and attempts of intimidation and incitement.
According to all the legal opinions we received, the municipality’s claims are baseless factually and legally. Theirs is a political statement designed for promotional purposes and a flattery to the extreme right in the city, and not a move that has any real substance – neither legal nor material. This behavior of the municipality – to deceive the public – is not consistent with the public interest and proper management. The purpose of this move is to punish and intimidate Barbur Gallery and suppress artists, creators and cultural institutions, and in fact all those whose opinion does not conform to the positions of power.
The struggle for the Barbur Gallery is part of the struggle for the character of Israeli society. There are trends of racism, violence and hatred permeating the public and political sphere in order to impose authority and fear, damage freedom of expression and democracy, civil organization, and the rights of the inhabitants of the city and the country.
These days, the existing laws are canceled and new law proposals erode the existence of mechanisms that maintain the rights of the individual and the public, democracy and justice. Only through solidarity and a common stand of all citizens and civic organizations and institutions for whom freedom and equality, welfare and justice are important, we can maintain a healthy society and hope for the sane future for all of us.
We have no words to thank all those who helped, supported and expressed solidarity and sympathy from all parts of the population in Jerusalem and outside – neighbors, students and professors, artists and designers, musicians and poets, directors of cultural institutions and art galleries, Israel Prize laureates, civil society organizations and associations, friends and family, people who knew the gallery for years and those who heard about it for the first time – and in word and deed expressed solidarity and a voiced a strong opinion, and gave us inspiration and confidence to carry on at Barbur gallery the creative space that includes an open dialogue that gives expression to the diversity of opinion — not violent, not aggressive, and within the law.
Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts,