Jewish Street Art Festival at The First Station Jerusalem
– For the first time ever, leading Jewish street artists from around the world are painting murals together on-site in Jerusalem. This unprecedented gathering of ten artists for the Jewish Street Art Festival (jewishstreetart.com) is taking place this October and November during the 2019 Jerusalem Biennale, Jerusalem’s preeminent contemporary art event. To date, nine new artworks have been completed at the First Station (HaTachana Rishona), and seven more at Hutzot Hayotzer, the Artists’ Colony.
Initiated by artist Hillel Smith (Washington, DC and Los Angeles), and assisted by Israel-based co-curators Judy Tal Kopelman and Eli Kaplan-Wildmann, the Festival features artists renowned for murals with Jewish themes and imagery. These artists come from diverse backgrounds: Ashkenazi and Mizrachi, from Israel and the Diaspora, secular and religious. Their varied perspectives exemplify the richness of the Jewish world and create a platform for a broader conversation about Jewish art and identity.
The Festival’s primary location, the First Station is the site of the first train station in Jerusalem, built over 120 years ago. The murals there celebrate life, language, and culture. Hutzot Hayotzer, the Artists’ Colony, is home to some of Israel’s top Judaica artists and artisans. The series of seven murals painted there depicts the seven days of creation. Finally, the mural at the Schechter Institute is a collaborative piece of overlapping texts painted by the Festival’s artists, as well as by acclaimed Israeli calligraphers, designers, and scribes. It evokes the layering of Jewish thought over the last three millennia.
The artworks will be shown at The First Station until further notice. You can visit the exhibition 24/7, free of charge, throughout the station.
The artists include:
Daniel Rachamim, David Morgan, Hillel Smith and Ido Noy Barkat.