Independent Artist: Maty Grunberg
The wild plants commonly found in Jerusalem and the surrounding area serve as the inspiration for this work of the artist, Maty Grunberg.
Jerusalem and its surrounding environs are home to a varied population of many wild plants: from the charming and delicate Jerusalem tulip to the thorny and threateningly strong thistle. For thousands of years, plants scattered here from Central Asia, Asia Minor, Africa, Southern Europe and from the shores of the Mediterranean islands. Each one of them adapted to the habitat in the Jerusalem hills - from the blazing and sunburned summer to freezing winter nights; from rainy season to drought; and from the incomparably wonderful days of the Jerusalem autumn and Israeli spring.
The work depicts a series of the wild plants' meetings between two cultures, between abundance and shortage, between softness and obstinacy. These encounters occasionally seem like hesitant initial contacts stemming from curiosity, sometimes like a type of peace negotiation or attempt to establish coexistence, and at other times, as a never-ending struggle between the survivors.
Venue: Hebrew Union College (Rau Building)