Jewish Art can be an aesthetic, conceptual or a practical response to Jewish concepts and ideas. It can offer a zone of reflection on the way those concepts and ideas manifest themselves in different Jewish communities around the world, and help us understand historic, social and religious processes.
The Jerusalem Biennale’s mission is to allow different creative forces to manifest themselves within the framework of Contemporary Jewish Art (CJA). The Biennale explores the possibility of expanding Jewish Art beyond the field of Judaica (though it is certainly possible that works of Judaica will be incorporated in the exhibitions) to mediums such as photography, video art, installations and performance.
The Jerusalem Biennale aims to exhibit the most updated, challenging, creative and varied selection of Contemporary Jewish Art. Contemporary Jewish Art can reflect what is happening today in the Jewish world and catalyze historic, social and religious processes. It can open up new avenues of discourse and become a powerful arena for re-invention. Contemporary Jewish art is not only about Jews and not necessarily made by Jews: all it must have is the Jewish world of content at its core.
The Biennale will promote a dialogue between different parts of the Jewish people and between the Jewish and non-Jewish worlds. Where better than the city of Jerusalem to promote a new discourse on the intersection between all aspects of the Jewish imagination—intellectual, spiritual and artistic?
The Jerusalem Biennale is open for the participation of artists from all religions, nationalities and beliefs.