Non-profit art gallery in Jerusalem
As in every exhibition Barbur is hosting Jerusalism for an evening of writing, art and community
Gallery Talk with Roger Ychai, Noga Farchy, Mia Yankovich Shentser
The composition “Microcosmos” by the composer Andre Hajdu will be performed by: Roger Ychai – classical guitar, Yaniv Schenzer – zarb, Yair Harel – zarb, Yoni Niv – cello.
Andre Hajdu was a composer, ethnomusicologist, beloved teacher, recipient of the Israel Prize for music. In 2001 he founded the ensemble Haoman Cha”i, with a group of his Jerusalemite students.
By Roger Ychai, Noga Farchy, Mia Yankovich Shentser
Curators: Noga Farchy, Mia Yankovich Shentser
By Vered Shilony and Yaron Attar
Curator: Abraham Kritzman
Barbur Gallery is facing immediate shutdown due to eviction proceedings instigated by the Jerusalem municipality. Funds raised in this exhibition will be devoted to the struggle for the continued existence of the gallery – a home for pluralistic, open culture since its founding as a non-profit in 2005.
Hundreds of artists from across the country have contributed work in the effort to ensure the existence of this community-centered gallery. Located in the center of Nahlaot, adjacent to Mahane Yehuda market, it is a unique and important fixture in the neighborhood and serves the efforts to revitalize the city center. Three days of art, performances and lectures will be held in the center of Tel Aviv, exactly one month before the court hearing.
Barbur is in the midst of a struggle for its existence, despite its long track record of serving as an open home for Jerusalem’s diverse population. In its 13 years of activity, Barbur has upheld a unique galley model: combining the display of professional contemporary art along with diverse cultural, social and community programming directed at a range of different audiences – artists and art lovers, neighborhood residents and students, secular and religious, children and elderly. The gallery has staged nearly 200 exhibitions, thousands of music, poetry, literature, film and dance events, dozens of workshops and courses for students and the general public, lectures and seminars. A special emphasis is placed on facilitating engagement between the diverse populations of the immediate neighborhood. The gallery also serves as a home for various activities and neighborhood initiatives that relate to the art exhibitions, including a drawing class for senior citizens, workshops for neighborhood children, and a community garden. Other unique undertakings we host include an ultra-Orthodox culture group, exhibitions and meetings of SHEKEL members (Inclusion for People with Disabilities) exhibitions of art students from Bezalel and the ultra-Orthodox branch of Bezalel, and of Enosh, the Israeli Mental Health Association.
The gallery’s struggle is part of a national struggle for freedom in art and freedom of expression. The role of cultural and artistic institutions is to serve as a home for a variety of voices. To be places where opposing sides meet, and where a wide range of views are found. It is crucial that we discuss controversial content with no fear, and it is our role to give such topics a stage and facilitate a respectful, balanced, and unbiased discourse around them.
Join us for a Benefit exhibition, Lectures, and Music.
a co-operation between students from The Art department of Bezalel Academy of art and design, Jerusalem and the Art Academy of Mainz, Germany.
“Cadavre exquis” is similar to the old parlour game consequences – in which players write in turn on a sheet of paper, fold to conceal what they have written, and pass it on to the next player – but adapted so that parts of the body are drawn instead.”
Exquisite Corpse was coined in the 1920s by a group of Surrealists (among them Duchamp, Breton and Yves Tanguy), and names a game that functions like a factory of absurd images; strange monsters compound with human’s parts, anamorphic shapes, animal forms and flora and fauna.
The melancholy song Exquisite Corpse, which ends the Bauhaus album “The Sky’s Gone Out” was sung by three of the group’s members. It begins with the sentence “life is but a dream.” The song, like the term it refers too, is a strange collage of voices, sounds and sentences. The spoken voice of Peter Murphy morphs first into a coughing vampire, then becomes briefly uplifting before ending with snoring, screaming and the final repetitions of the sentence “the sky’s gone out”.
Our exhibition was created following interpersonal correspondence between students from the art department in Bezalel Academy, Jerusalem, and students from the Art Academy in Mainz, Germany.
Connections were made and manifested in the studio with the aid of What’s app and emails. Naturally those processes sometimes directly entwine and sometimes unravel. The exhibition will take place in Barbur Gallery in Jerusalem while the German students are visiting and facilitates a platform for the two groups to have both a personal and creative encounter in one space.
Curators and senior lecturers:
By Tsibi Geva and Itche Golombek
Curator: Abraham Kritzman