Review: Absentee Landscapes, Jerusalem

Absentee Landscapes Jerusalem


Review: Absentee Landscapes, Jerusalem

What makes a place a home?

This existential question takes on added and more complicated meaning when it comes to Jerusalem. It is not only a physical home for 850,000 residents, with a wide variety of personal histories, but it is also a spiritual home for millions of people all over the globe. 

The art exhibit “Absentee Landscapes” deals with this very concept. The exhibit was produced by the Mamuta Art and Media Center and can be seen at Hansen House.  

The core of the exhibit is not the reproduction of Jerusalem homes, but the journey.  On display is a sukkah that belonged to a German Jewish family.   The artists, together with descendants of the family, journeyed together to Germany to find the original town that the sukkah came from and the trip itself became an artistic inspiration and an exploration of family history.

A film of the trip to Germany runs in tandem with the sukkah reproduction, whose painted walls depict the town in Germany that the Sukkah came from. Together, these artifacts combine into a visual musing on the nature of transience and the interplay between home and identity. 

The exhibit is on display through June 20.

Mamuta Art and Media Center,  Hansen House – 14 Gedalyahu Alon Street, Jerusalem.

Opening hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 10 am to 2 pm. Thursdays: 3 pm to 7 pm.