April 12, 2007 - The Jewish Museum - Dateline Israel: New Photography and Video Art
April 12, 2007

Dateline Israel: New Photography and Video Art

Rineke Dijkstra (Dutch; b. 1959, lives in Amsterdam), Daniel, Adi, Shira, and Keren, Rishonim High School, Herzliya, Israel, December 17, 2000, 2000, chromogenic print. Courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery, New York 

Dateline Israel: New Photography and Video Art

At The Jewish Museum in New York
On view through August 5, 2007

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Dateline Israel: New Photography and Video Art
On view through August 5, 2007

Over the nearly 60 years since the founding of the State of Israel, people outside the country, informed mainly by media accounts, see it primarily as a place of conflict. What does this mean for art about Israel?
Dateline Israel: New Photography and Video Art, on view at The Jewish Museum through August 5, 2007, focuses on photography and video art made after the year 2000. Expressing the diverse outlooks of nearly two dozen artists, these images represent the life and culture of a nation where political realities influence every aspect of creative endeavor. What is revealed is a complicated view of Israel and its people.

Photographers and video artists were among the first to react to events such as the second Intifada, a wave of violence and political conflict which began in 2000 between Israel and the Palestinians. Their art became an effective medium for mining the day to day life in Israel. The exhibition at The Jewish Museum is comprised of nearly 45 works by 23 artists who view Israel as a society that has outgrown the utopian model of its settlement and statehood. Dateline Israel: New Photography and Video Art presents evocative landscapes and powerful reportage, formal portraits, quickly composed snapshots, and video.

Artists represented include Boaz Arad, Yael Bartana, Rina Castelnuovo, Rineke Dijkstra, Barry Frydlender, Ori Gersht, Amit Goren, Michal Heiman, Noel Jabbour, Miki Kratsman, Leora Laor, Gillian Laub, Yaron Leshem, Motti Mizrachi, Orit Raff, Guy Raz, Igael Shemtov, Wolfgang Tillmans, Mark Wallinger, Wim Wenders, Pavel Wolberg, Sharon Yaari, and Catherine Yass. Sixteen of the participating artists are Israeli and seven are from other parts of the world. This reflects the growing emergence of Israel as a subject of widening interest among artists. Contested land, religious ideology, and the rights and needs of Israelis and Palestinians are concerns that these artists negotiate as they seek to portray a nation often divided against itself. The exhibition reveals a country in flux that only a multiplicity of perspectives can bring into focus. While Dateline Israel may reinforce the impression of a place where conflict can overwhelm daily life, the photographs and videos in this exhibition also offer a richer and more nuanced view.

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