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During the sessions the artists will talk about their works on display in the exhibition, the process of creation, and about their personal world and the significance of being female artists in traditional patriarchal societies in which they live and create. The session will be followed by a guided tour of the entire exhibition.
A session with Fatma ShananSaturday February 15, 11 a.m. | Included in the prices of entry to the museum
Shanan was born in Julis in 1986. She lives and works in Julis. She won the Outset Foundation award for the works she created for the exhibition. In her new works she uses her own body as her model, and directs herself from an angle which is difficult to observe. She paints herself with camouflage colors, or the model is portrayed truncated, and she never looks fully and directly at the spectator. For her, the spectacle this produces serves as a symbol of the animal camouflage instinct which connects with combat and hunting techniques identified with the male in society. Superimposing the male imagery into the female body was designed to subvert the traditional roles expected from men and women.
A session with Andi ArnovitzFriday February 28, 11 a.m. | Included in the prices of entry to the museum
Arnovitz was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1959. She lives and works in Jerusalem. Her works in the exhibition take a caring and involved, albeit troubled and anxious, look at the Jewish religious community to which she belongs. Her works raise the issue of the status of women in religious society and indicate the extremism which has occurred in this society in recent years. Even though her world of concepts is based on Jewish scripture, she challenges the role of the religious establishment in determining strict rules of modesty for women, and even for young girls which, she argues, “highlights the actual concealment” of the figure of the woman.
A session with Leah LeuksteinFriday March 13, 11 a.m. | Included in the prices of entry to the museum
Leukstein was born in Valka, Latvia in 1996. She lives and works in Maalot. In her work Victim of Guilt—Sacrifice to God, Leukstein, who was born Christian, and chose to convert and to live a religious Jewish lifestyle in Israel, examines guilt feelings as a form of thought generated by religious Jewish and Christian societies alike. She feels that these emotions are more keenly felt by religious women, due to the many societal messages which put her in a place of having to apologize for any deviation from the norm.
A session with Rawan Abu FilatSaturdayMarch 28, 11 a.m. | Included in the prices of entry to the museum
Abu Filat was born in Beit Hanina in 1984. She lives and works in Jerusalem. Rawan, who was born an albino, addresses the concepts of “whiteness” and “darkness” in her work in their biological context. They take a different course and take on additional significances in society and this, in turn, imposes certain perspectives on the concept of “black”. Her white appearance contrasts her Arabic ethnic origin and enables her to create in the space created between the social stereotype and her physical appearance, and between peace and acceptance, and disquietude and emotional tempest.