Portraying Immigration in Contemporary Israeli Art

Portraying Immigration in Contemporary Israeli Art

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Mon, Mar 04 - Mon, Mar 04
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In person. Join us for this groundbreaking lecture delivered by a renowned Israeli curator and art critic Smadar Sheffi , focusing on the profound impact of immigration on art in Israeli society since the turn of the millennium. This evening includes reexamining identity politics, emphasizing diversity, and revisiting the historical narratives of marginalized communities like the Indian, Yemenite, and Ethiopian. The significant shift in perspective from the traditional notion of "Aliyah" - a term exclusively used for Jewish refugees - to a broader understanding of "immigration" as a defining force shaping Israel's cultural landscape will also be discussed.

Among the works featured in the lecture presentation are pieces by Meydad Eliyahu, Zoya
Cherkassky-Nnadi, Nirit Takele, Tomer Kep, Esther Cohen, Eliahou Eric Bokobza, and Tally

Smadar Sheffi is a prominent figure in the art world, serving as the founder and chief curator of the CACR-Contemporary Art Center in Ramle. Additionally, she holds the position of curator of contemporary art at the Bialik Museum in Tel Aviv. Dr. Sheffi has an extensive background in curating exhibitions, having organized numerous showcases at renowned institutions such as the Petah Tikva Museum of Art, the Mishkan Museum of Art in Ein Harod, the Jerusalem Artists’ House, as well as various public and private galleries. Her curated exhibitions have been supported by notable entities including Outset, Israel National Lottery Pais Council for Culture and the Arts, the Art Lane Fund, and the Zukunft Foundation from Austria.

With a PhD in Art History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Dr. Sheffi shares her expertise as a lecturer at both the COLMAN College of Management Academic Studies in Rishon Lezion and the Institute for Israeli Art at the Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yafo. Formerly a longstanding art critic at Haaretz for two decades, she launched the critical bilingual art and culture blog "The Window" in 2012. Additionally, Dr. Sheffi is a frequent interviewee on Israeli Public Broadcasting since 2007. Her book, Art. Bialik., was published in 2023 by the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality to commemorate the 150th centennial events celebrating the birth of the national poet.

 Photo credit:Tali Ratzker

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