A Stone’s Throw Away – group exhibition
Curators: Doron Altaratz and Tali Kayam
Artists: SCAN THE CITY ( Inbar Caspi, Adam Havkin), Maya Muchawsky Parnas, Haim Parnas, Ami Drach and Dov Ganchrow, Emi Sfard, Danielle Alhassid, Noa Heyne, Matan Golan, Anat Saragusti, Yuval Tebol, Michal Baror, Sharon Balaban, Sephi Gershoni
The group exhibition A Stone’s Throw Away is the first collaboration of the two galleries at the Hadassah Academic College: the Azrieli Gallery and the Yossi Nahmias Gallery at the Department of Photographic Communication. The current global pandemic marks locations as danger sites, and it seems like human society must constantly find substitutions for what is physical and tangible. As a response, the exhibition addresses practices of translocation and assimilation through the use of imaging techniques, site-specific installations, and sculptural objects. The limited scale implied by the exhibition’s title alludes to the geographical proximity between the two galleries, which operate within Jerusalem’s stone-surfaced, conflict-ridden region.
The story of the stone is also the story of human society. Chiseled rocks are technological tools related to the evolutionary transition from ape to early Man. In his “Metamorphoses,” the Roman poet Ovid describes stone as the matter of which humanity has risen again after the Great Flood. According to Roman mythology, a pair of survivors, desperate and lonely in the face of the devastation’s magnitude, are asked by the gods to toss away the bones of our Great Mother. The request is interpreted as an invitation to throw stones – symbolizing the bones of Mother Earth. As they hit the ground, the bones turned into people. Soon after, humans are already making tools out of stones, stone structures, and eventually start throwing stones at each other.
Building in stone has been typical of Jerusalem since the second millennium B.C. and is obligatory today under a decree inherited from the British Mandate. The stones of Jerusalem are associated with places of holiness such as the Western Wall, the Foundation stone, and the Stone of Unction. They also stand as symbols of struggle, resistance, and violence. These days, more than a century after the imposition of the decree, diverse voices are calling to stop building in stone in Jerusalem out of economic and environmental concerns.
The works in A Stone’s Throw Away swing between these poles and issues. Coming from Jerusalem and other places, the artists have created new stones from various materials that allow a different type of building and destruction. The society we live in today is reflected in the image of these stones.
27/10/2021 to 30/12/2021