Manofim: “Like a Plastic Plant”
Posted by Avital Pinnick on October 22, 2013
Last night we went to Manofim (Hebrew word for cranes, the kind used for construction), an exhibit of contemporary art in Jerusalem. The exhibits are held at many different venues around the city, for one week only, Oct. 17-24, 2013. Each evening, lectures and performances are held in conjunction with a particular exhibit. There are also workshops, street performers, and theater events. This is the sixth year of the exhibit, and our first time attending it.
Beit Ticho (Ticho House on Rav Kook Street) was the venue for “Like a Plastic Plant,” an exhibit by multi-media artist Einat Arif Galanti. Her photos, still-life (pictured above and below), and stop-motion video explore the relationship between plastic and genuine flowers and vegetation. Last night’s events began with a discussion between Arif Galanti and Avinadav Begin (who looks remarkably like his famous grandfather, Menachem Begin). Begin spoke about the paradox of fruits and flowers that are considered native to this country (for example, pomegranate, olive tree, and local oak), which originate in other places. Arif Galanti compared her work to the water colour drawings of Anna Ticho, the artist whose work is permanently on exhibit at Beit Ticho, While Ticho depicted native flowers in local settings, Arif Galanti’s photos place wildflowers in cultivated European settings, which consciously mimic classic painting styles. (I hope I understood that correctly; my Hebrew isn’t great.)
This still-life is plastic flowers and real fruit encased in plexiglas. The fruit has decayed and covered with mold, while the plastic flowers are pristine.
Einat Arif Galanti (below). I couldn’t get a good shot of Avinadav Begin because I was sitting rather far back.
Pair of Arif Galanti’s wildflower photos, framed by the couple in front of me.
After the lecture, we walked out of the gallery accompanied by the Jerusalem Oratorio Choir (I think they were singing Brahms). We were given plastic roses and invited to “plant” them in the garden behind Beit Ticho.
The choir sang on the stone terrace above the garden. I’ll post a video later. The whole event took about an hour, from the start of the lecture to the end of the choral performance.