Jewish Times Asia March 2015
Art • Culture • Music
Israeli artists bringing video art to India In an attempt to break away from the usual canvas format of displaying art, seven Israeli artists brought their video art to the city of Mumbai on 6 February, in collaboration with contemporary artists from Mumbai Glocal, an art collective of nine artists. The exhibit, themed ‘Earth’, was held at the National Gallery of Modern Art, Colaba.
Many of the artists were coming to Mumbai for the first time. Jacob MacMillan, a 53-year-old Israeli architect was returning after 20 years. He was also the co-curator of the show. His father was born in Mumbai and left in 1963. Explaining his video art, MacMillan said: “It has me swaying with Arab dance moves to a Hindi movie song at my apartment in Israel. The movie is ‘Sangam’ by Raj Kapoor, and my father watched it here in Mumbai at Edison Cinema.”
He explained that the concept of ‘Earth’ was chosen to reflect the artist’s conflict with his art, as well as the place they are living in. “Earth is the
border between life and death. The artists are trying to show their views on the ‘promised land’ where Roni Ari (one of the artists) shows a video art on rocks and the process of bombing of mountains to cutting the rocks and their travel to Palestine,” said MacMillan, who approached Raj More, who leads Mumbai Glocal, to help him out with setting up an exhibit in the city.
He added that people don’t see the co-operation that exists between Israel and Palestine. “Chanchal Banga is from India and is displaying video art on immigration. We decided to come to India with our work because this country is a huge part of Israel’s culture,” added MacMillan.
Ishara International Puppet Festival
More is a painter himself who doesn’t use brushes, but instead uses knives and big stools to paint his contemporary art on the city. “These video art pieces are not documentaries. It is the expression of the artists in their own way. They’re all less than seven minutes. This is art beyond the canvas, where they are bringing their ethos in a creative manner and displaying visual art. A Q&A session was organised during the event for the audience to participate. Manjiri Thakoor, deputy curator of NGMA said that the artists have expanded their boundaries and the audience should come and appreciate a new type of art and a different interpretation of artists.
Other leading artists include the likes of Doron Polak, Norman Drimmer, Rajul Mehta and Suly Wolff. Raj More has been planning this for over a month, and this is the second time he has collaborated on such an event with foreign artists through Mumbai Glocal.
Pagoda Bells documented in Myanmar The Department of Archaeology at Haifa University, Israel, together with Pyay Field school of Archaeology and the Ministry of Culture in Myanmar, launched the second year programme to provide the necessary analysis and typological documentation of Pagoda bells dated 1630-1750 and 1800-1900 in Pyay, Bagan and Mandalay.
Myanmar and Israel in the area of Archaeological research is part the Cooperation Agreement in the field of Culture and Sports, signed on 28 August 2014.
The 14 day project took place in February and was assisted by the second visit of Professor Sariel Shalev. The project is scheduled to take up to 4 years complete. Shalev was joined by his assistant, Amnon Nahmias, together with scholars, staff and students from Pyay Field school of Archaeology and Ministry of Culture. The cooperation between
Prof Sariel conducting project in Pyay
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The Ishara International Puppet Theatre Festival marked its 13th anniversary this year with new and exciting performances from India and across the world.
to mixed performances with dance, theatre, music and more. The event is suitable for all audiences of all ages with a variety of vibrant and spellbinding shows.
The event recently took place from 3-12 February at the Habitat Centre in New Delhi, The Epicentre in Gurgaon and the Tagore Theatre, Chandigarhat. The festival features both modern and traditional form of puppetry of all kinds. Ranging from rod to string puppets;
Since its launch the festival has brought puppeteers, artists and performers from around the globe together to celebrate storytelling through the puppetry arts. Over 100 international puppetry companies have participated in the festival, including Israel.