Saturday, September 10, 2011

Making Art Loving Art in Yaffo

This weekend the annual Tel Aviv art festival took to the streets. We took a walk along Yehuda Hayamit in Yaffo, a normally nondescript commercial street in a mixed Jewish-Arab area  that turned up some suprises. Outside the Galei Tzahal (Army Radio) building two dancers performed in front of a small crowd .

This trio of Arab girls had a strategic view next to spotlights and seemed entranced.
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From the outside, the studio/salon at number 20 looked pretty dilapidated but the interior revealed this cosy area.

Further up the road, an explosion of primitivist colour.

Not often that you see a cellist playing at the entrance of a carpentry shop, so  we were drawn in.

To find that the cellist had friends making electronic sounds at the back.
On the way we met Ahmad who was taking advantage ofthe crowds to display his bicycle technique. He agreed to have his picture taken on condition that it would appear on the internet. So this is for you Ahmad.

Watching video art projected onto a sheet in a trendy textiles shop.

This man, performing outside a health food store, was reciting passages from the Bible backwards. He then ran the recording through a computer programme that played it backwards, resulting in the syllables appearing in the right order (I guess you had to be there but it was impressive)

Recordings of the chant of this summer's mass demonstrations - "The people want social justice!" emanated from this artistic protest tent placed on top of a skip.
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Sunday, September 4, 2011

September 3 - the final demo?

We were out on the streets last night, together with another 400-450,000 people, in what was optimistically dubbed The 'March of the Million'. The million didn't materialize but it was still the biggest protest ever held in Israel. All these photos were taken on the upmarket Kikar Hamedina (State Square), an ironic venue for a social protest

Encompassed by boutiques selling Tshirts for hundreds of shekels, hundreds of thousands of Israel's long suffering middle class came to chant, perhaps for the last time this summer "ha am doresh tzedek chevrati!" (the people demand social justice!).

An English speaking protestor turned the familiar graphic slogan "I (heart) Tel Aviv " into, "I can't afford to (heart) Tel Aviv "


The (religious) Reform movement touts a banner quoting a Biblical commandment to pursue righteousness

Like all the previous demonstrations, this one too, though noisy, was completely peaceful. On the outskirts it looked more like family outing than an angry protest.

Two dads? A dad and an uncle?

"If I were a Rothschild" ( Hebrew version of If "I Were A Rich Man" )

Yadayim lema'ala (hands in the air)

1 F-35 (new war plane) = 57 new schools

Israel is "dear" to us

Wake Up !

These two little fellows were captivated by the fiery speeches emanating from the invisible stage. The impressive students leader Itzik Shmuli talked of a generation of "new Israelis" that demanded a new social agenda.  (Ms) Dafni Leef, the iconic, trilby-hatted film student, and the instigator and emotional  "heart" of this summer's social protest movement, said that they had succeeded in changing the language. Instead of tzdaka (charity) people were now saying tzedek (justice).
The people on the swish balconies around the square (which is acually a circle) had a grandstand view. The rich have all the luck!


Young beneficiaries (hopefully) of the change in national priorities but meanwhile, just crushed against the cash dispensers.
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