The Jewish Museum in Berlin is hosting “This Place,” featuring work by 12 internationally acclaimed photographers. The exhibition runs through January 5, 2020.
On view are more than 200 artworks by 12 artists that explore the complexity of Israel and the West Bank through various themes such as identity, family, homeland, conflict, and the environment. The initiator of the project, French photographer Frederic Brenner and other artists featured in the exhibition took on a monumental international art project. They traveled to Israel and the West Bank several times between 2009 and 2012.
The works on view offer different perspectives and new ways of looking at this place, “ways that go beyond the often polarizing images familiar from journalistic reporting on the region,” the museum says.
The exhibition is coming for the first time to Germany, after being shown at institutions such as Prague’s DOX Center for Contemporary Art, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in Israel, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art.
“Only through the language of artists,” says Frederic Brenner, “can we hope to create an encounter that truly reflects the complexity of this place. And I knew I would need collaborators, artists who are driven by questions and whose work could illuminate the rifts and paradoxes of this essential place.”
“This Place” provides an outsider’s view point as neither Israeli nor Palestinian photographers participated in the project. Several of the participants had never been to Israel before. As outsiders not connected to that place linguistically or regionally the 12 photographers brought fresh perspectives, influenced by their diverse cultural backgrounds and artistic practices. But unlike photojournalists, these photographers were given time to immerse themselves in the region over a period of years. The work produced hence reflects this “deep engagement with the land, the cultures, and the people.”
They were encouraged to develop their own highly individualized projects that reflected deeply humane and nuanced examination viewpoints that remind the viewers of how art can play a role in raising questions and engaging viewers in conversation.
“This Place” runs through January 5, 2020, at the Jewish Museum, Lindenstraße 9-14, 10969 Berlin, Germany.
For details, visit: https://www.jmberlin.de/en
Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.