Curator: Vera Pilpoul
Participating Artists: Lihi Turjeman | Peter Jacob Maltz | Yuval Shaul | Lida Sharet Massad | Yonatan Ullman | Beverley-Jane Stewart | Suly Bornstein Wolff | Ethan Dor Shav | Danielle Feldhacker | Beverly Barkat | Hannan Abu-Hussein
The verses in Deuteronomy, “It is not in Heaven … Neither is it beyond the sea … But the thing is very close to you, in your mouth, and in your heart, that you may observe it” (Deuteronomy 30:11-14) encourage humanity to adhere to God’s commandments. There is no need to search for metaphysical expressions of faith; the covenant between humanity and the Creator is accessible, close to the heart, and expressed in an earthly reality. Not In Heaven offers a layered view of the relationship between the biblical verses, the motivation to fulfil the ideas inherit in them, and the tangible artistic act that creates something out of nothing, because “it is not in Heaven.” The exhibition presents a variety of voices, interpretations, sources of inspiration, and creative formulations that bind the individual works together into a collective system of expression. The connection between the artists examines possible modes of action in their personal and contemporary work, even when these may be interpretive. The exhibition offers a new appraisal of the creative process, from the moment of the initial idea to the “creation” of the work and its present installation. The works offers many perspectives for action and inquiry, from those engaged in a search for the sublime and its embodiment in reality, to individual works that relate to and connect with the yearning to deeply and personally experience that which is human and universal. Some of the works invite the viewer to discuss their cultural-political origins as they enlighten and raise questions about representations of faith and doubt from a place that is individual and secular. Whether abstract, narrative, or figurative, the collected works together display effects of connection and similarity between the works themselves. The installation enables us to study and experience the affinities between the works through their similarities and differences.
Van Leer Jerusalem Institute
Address: 43 Jabotinsky St.