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Israel as seen through the arts

Art has the power of inspiring us to reflect on ourselves and on others.

Can art challenge stereotypes and conventional wisdoms? We pose the question to four established artists and academicians, all Israel-born. Through art, they look at the many faces of Israel.

We invite you to listen, to share your thoughts and to mingle.

Welcome!

waltz4Waltz with Bashir

22 April 2009

5.00 – 9.30, Bio Rio, Hornstulls Strand 3

 

5.30: Screening of the celebrated movie Waltz with Bashir (click here for trailer), with an introduction by Barbara Spectre (Paideia). Tickets: 60 SEK.

8.00: Discussion panel:
Raz Yosef, Tel Aviv University.
Ronald Jones, Konstfack – The University College of Arts Crafts and Design.
Jonas Mosskin, Psykologer tittar på film – Psychologists watching movies.
Negar Josephi, Kulturradion – Swedish Public Radio.
Moderator: Astrid Söderbergh Widding, Department of Cinema Studies, Stockholm University.

Raz Yosef will give a lecture titled “The Construction of modern Israeli nationalism in Israeli cinema” every day durig week 17.

All conversations will be in English

AnthemGal Weinstein “Anthem”

26 April 2009

12.00-7.00 Full-day program at the stunning premises of the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts, Fredsgatan 12.

12.00 – 1.00: Art exhibitions and Sunday breakfast at Café Mejan.

1.00 – 3.00: Meet artists Gal Weinstein (Tel Aviv) and Oreet Ashery (London) in conversation about their work. Tickets: 60 SEK.

3.00 – 4.00: Interlude: Enjoy art, continue the conversation and eat at Café Mejan.

4.00 – 6.00: Evening of poetry reading and music with poet Hamutal Bar-Yosef (Ben-Gurion University) and actor Hannes Meidal (Stockholm). Tickets: 60 SEK.

Moderators: Ronald Jones och Anneli Rådestad
Salon hostess: Ksenia Potapova
Musicians:
Semmy Stahlhammer, Violin
Terés Löf, Piano
Isabel Blommé, Cello

All conversations will be in English

Get your ticket at the door on Sunday.

 

Presenters

Evening of Cinema at Bio Rio, April 22nd

Barbara Lerner Spectre. Founding Director of Paideia – the European Isntitute for Jewish Studies in Sweden.

Barbara was formerly on the faculty of the Hartman Institute of Advanced Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, where she taught Jewish Thought. She was among the founders of the Seminary of Judaic Studies in Jerusalem. Her area of research is in models of inference in Christian and Jewish post-Holocaust theology, for which she received a research grant from Yad V’Shem Institute. Barbara’s publications include “A Theology of Doubt” (Hebrew) and, together with Noam Zion of the Hartman Institute, the two-volume “A Different Light: The Hannukah Book of Celebration.” In 2007, she received the prestigious Max M. Fisher Prize for Jewish Education in the Diaspora

Raz Yosef, Ph.D, Film and Television, Tel Aviv University

Senior Lecturer in the Film and Television Department at Tel Aviv University. Raz has been a visiting professor at NYU and at the University of Michigan. He is the author of Beyond Flesh: Queer Masculinities and Nationalism in Israeli Cinema (Rutgers, 2004). His work on gender, sexuality and ethnicity in Israeli visual culture has appeared in GLQ, Third Text, Shofar, Framework and Camera Obscura. His areas of research are: film theory, queer theory, feminist film theory, postcolonial theory and third world cinemas, Israeli cinema and national culture, film melodrama, trauma studies.

Ronald Jones, Professor at Konstfack – The University College of Arts Crafts and Design in Stockholm

Born and raised in the US, Ronald Jones is one of the foremost conceptual artists in the field today. His work is represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Modern Museum in Stockholm, among others. In addition, Ronald works as an art critic and teacher at a number of institutions; School of Arts, Yale University, Harvard University and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Currently, he is professor at The University College of Arts Crafts and Design in Stockholm and is responsible for the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies.

Jonas Mosskin, Psychologists watching movies

Jonas Mosskin is a psychology student and blogger on psychology and culture at mosskin.se. He is the founder and producer of ‘Psychologists watching movies’ at Kulturhuset (the house of culture) in Stockholm. Each session includes a movie, followed by a conversation from a psychological perspective, between the audience and a relevant guest. ‘Psychologists watching movies’ is currently in its fifth season. The sessions are invariably sold out and have toured the film festivals in Gothenburg and Norrköping.

Negar Josephi, Journalist

Negar works as a journalist for Swedish Radio, and as free-lance, focusing especially on the Middle East, Iran and Israel. She is currently engaged by the cultural section at Swedish Public Radio, the morning show “Godmorgon Världen” and the journal BANG. Negar recently put on air a piece about the Oscar-nominated films Waltz with Bashir and Beaufort, regarding the impact that war has on cultural life in Israel. She received her education at the University College of Film, Radio, Television and Theatre in Stockholm.

Astrid Söderbergh Widding, Professor at the Department of Cinema Studies, Stockholm University

Astrid Söderbergh Widding’s research relates to general issues of film aesthetics, theories and technologies, with specific emphasis on Scandinavian cinema. Her publications include Gränsbilder. Det dolda rummet hos Tarkovskij (1992), Sätt att se. Texter om estetik och film (ed., 1994), Blick och blindhet (1997), Stumfilm i brytningstid (1998), Nordic National Cinemas (with Tytti Soila and Gunnar Iversen, 1998), Moving Images: From Edison to the Webcam (co-edited with John Fullerton, 2000), Konst som rörlig bild (ed., 2006). She is Associate Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, member of the board of the Swedish Film Institute, Chair of the Ingmar Bergman foundation as well as a regular contributor on film and television to Svenska Dagbladet and several journals.

 

Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts, April 26 afternoon

Oreet Ashery, interdisciplinary artist born in Jerusalem, lives and works in London.

Oreet Ashery works in live art, performance, digital media, video, objects, text and images. She is interested in the conceptual and process based side of art practice, making research and every day life an integral part of her work. Her work looks at personal politics and its complex relationship to social realities, at identity and cultural politics, and at the nature of art practice. Ashery has an ongoing interest in the intersections between Jewishness, race, gender and the Arab and Muslim world. Frequently, Ashery will produce work as a character. Her characters include a rabbit, a black man, a Norwegian postman, a fat farmer and an Arab man. Marcus Fisher, an orthodox Jewish man is Ashery’s most consistent character. Her work is shown and distributed extensively in international contexts and has been reviewed in various publications including: Time Out, the Village Voice, Circa, Flash Art and Dazed & Confused.

Gal Weinstein, visual and installation artist, lives and works in Tel Aviv.

Gal began his studies at Tel Aviv University in Theater Set Design, and went on to graduate from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. He has participated in many solo and group shows in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Germany, Basel, Italy and the US, among others. Gal Weinstein deals in most of his works with very loaded Israeli/Zionist images. In his work, he deconstructs the most iconic images in Israeli culture and history. In pieces such as “Jeezrael Valley”, the well known bird’s eye view of the cultivated valley of Jeezrael is transformed into a colorful synthetic carpet and the dried lake of the “Huleh Valley” is remade out of MDF boards. Weinsteins works combine in a very complicated way a nostalgic and emphatic attitude with a critical approach.

Ronald Jones, Professor at Konstfack – The University College of Arts Crafts and Design in Stockholm

Born and raised in the US, Ronald Jones is one of the foremost conceptual artists in the field today. His work is represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Modern Museum in Stockholm, among others. In addition, Ronald works as an art critic and teacher at a number of institutions; School of Arts, Yale University, Harvard University and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Currently, he is professor at The University College of Arts Crafts and Design in Stockholm and is responsible for the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies. 

Anneli Rådestad, Journalist

Anneli Rådestad worked as a journalist in Israel the years 2006-2008, mainly for the Swedish Public Radio and the weekly show “Människor och tro”. Anneli writes and produces radio features on issues dealing with identity, culture, religion and politics; preferably in contexts where all of these elements meet and blend. She was a Paideia fellow in 2001-2002 and holds a B.A. in Literature and Political Science, an M.A. in Journalism and has studied Israeli culture, politics and sociology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. 

Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts, April 26, evening

Hamutal Bar-Yosef, poet, translator of poetry into Russian, French and English and professor emerita of Modern Hebrew literature at Ben-Gurion University, Beer-Sheva, Israel.

Hamutal Bar-Yosef’s poems have been translated into English, French, German, Russian, Ukrainian, Arabic and Yiddish. She has been a visiting professor in Paris, Moscow and at Columbia University in New York. Her main fields of research are Modern Hebrew literature, the East-European context of modern Jewish culture and mysticism in Modern Hebrew literature. Hamutal has been the recipient of numerous awards, including The Jerusalem Prize for Poetry, The President of Israel Prize for Poetry and The Brenner Prize. A recent English translation of her poems was published in 2008, called “Night, Morning”.

Hannes Meidal, Swedish actor. 

Hannes Meidal was trained at the Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts 2003-2007. He made his debut as a screenwriter in 2005 with the one-act play “Kafka” at Strindbergs Intima Teatern and Teater Galeasen in Stockholm. Together with Jens Ohlin, he wrote the monologue “Trompe-l’oeil”, which he performed at the LIMBO stage at the Stockholm Cultural Centre in 2007-2008. Hannes also holds a degree in Theatre Studies and has worked in dramaturgy. His publications include a book with and about Keve Hjelm, “Dionysos och Apollon – tankar om teater” and numerous articles in anthologies, program descriptions, daily newspapers and periodicals.

Ksenia Potapova, poetry salon hostess.

Ksenia Potapova was born in Moscow, but is currently living and working in Stockholm. She teaches French and Russian literature at the International High School in Stockholm. She holds a Master’s degree in translation and literary interpretation, and was a Paideia fellow during 2004-2005. During her year at Paideia, Ksenia developed and produced literary salons inspired by the Jewish enlightenment period. Ksenia has since arranged a number of salons, most recently at Limmud Stockholm in November.  

 

Musicians:

Semmy Stahlhammer, Violin

Terés Löf, Piano

Isabel Blommé, Cello
 

Self Images is arranged by Paideia, the Jewish Community in Stockholm and the Jewish Theatre

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