4 ELEMENTS CONCEPT
This is not a one time event! We are introducing a new institute in Jerusalem- one that will live in the city for the coming decades. Over 100 cities around the world have a tradition of holding a Biennale: Venice, Berlin, Los Angeles, Sao Paolo and Istanbul created started a tradition long time ago so art lovers will always have the next Biennale to anticipate to. Jerusalem starts its own tradition with the Jerusalem Biennale.
The leading Israeli Art institutes tend to avoid Jewish current issues and Judaism of the present as part of an Unsuccessful attempt to be "part of the world". The Jerusalem Biennale is dedicated to exploring the local identities that exist in the Jewish World, maybe not always well represented or not well identified with their Jewish roots, in to expose the ways in which those different Jewish identities manifest themselves through art.
Contemporary Jewish Art can reflect what is happening today in the Jewish world and be part of shaping the Jewish world of the future. Contemporary Jewish Art can open up new avenues of discourse and become a powerful arena for re-invention. Not as Judaica, that can tell us a lot about our past, Contemporary Jewish Art can tell us much about our present. The creative class of our generation can and should take part in the discours about the Jewish world - what it is and what do we want it to be.
Jerusalem is a city of complexities. It has great variety of cultures, religions and nationalities. Being aware of those complexities and verities, we emphasis Jerusalem as the most vibrant and dynamic center of the Jewish People. Being aware of the conflict and of the necessity to share Jerusalem with other cultures, religions and nationalities, we insist of the right to celebrate Contemporary Jewish Art and Culture in Jerusalem, as we will insist of the right of other groups to celebrate their Art and Culture in the city. Through Contemporary Jewish Art we aim to convey our deep pray for peace, in the city and everywhere.