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DATELINE ISRAEL: New Photography & Video Art
At the Jewish Museum
By Glenn Loney
The Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Ave. at 92nd St
Closing August 5, 2007
One of the pictures made by Pavel Wolberg (Israeli; born in 1966, Soviet Union, lives in Tel Aviv.
Yes, they are building Walls in Israel, and, yes, it is a Society in Flux & Under Threat. In this dynamic show, 23 photo & video artists offer some 45 visions of what has been happening since 2000.
One long lit-from-behind photo at first looks like a small Arab community. But a closer look shows it is a Potemkin Village, set up for training Israeli Troops for assaults. Like Combat-in-Cities training-sites for US Army Infantry Riflemen in our wars to spread Democracy across the Globe.
If you cannot go to Israel in the near future, this exhibition should prove a sobering reminder of what is at stake for both Jews and Arabs who live--often divided--in this beleaguered state.