Kicking off from October 2 until the end of November is the Jerusalem Biennale, an international art exhibition which invites global artists to contribute to beautifying the holy city based on a chosen theme, this year’s being ‘watershed moments.’ A watershed moment is defined as a point in history which brings along change, and based on millions of watershed moments which stemmed from within Jerusalem, the theme quickly pulled in over 90 proposals from artists around the world.
The aim of the Biennale is to create a space for the contemporary art world to blend with the ancient Jewish world. The longer-term art exhibit offers a stage for various blends of art, such as light shows, performance art, photography, video installations, paint shows, interactive events and workshops, and more. About 200 artists from across Israel, India, Russia, Europe and the United States have joined forces to create an eccentric expression, which has quickly grown from the 60 artists who participated only four years ago.
Founder and Director Ram Ozeri is adamant that the “Jerusalem Biennale does not seek to answer the question of whether there is such a thing as contemporary Jewish art or what constitutes contemporary Jewish art; it endeavors to create a space where the discussion can take place and develop.”
In a city like Jerusalem, it’s a beautiful thing when global artists are enabled to express their creativity, inspire new kinds of conversations, and connect through culture, in the capitol city of the world.