Nineteen artists from around the world have joined 20 Israeli artists for a two-week “ArtBnB” residency in Jerusalem, creating works around the clock in the public space and giving master classes and workshops.

A wandering exhibition on December 20 showcases all the products of the collaborative initiative based at three cultural centers in the heart of Jerusalem – HaMiffal, Beita and the Muslala Terrace on the fourth floor of the Clal Building commercial center.

The selected artists work in a variety of media: painting, sculpture, installation, cinema, sound, theatre, performance, photography, architecture, conceptual art, land art, interventions in the public space, and so on. Participants were chosen by an artistic committee that included the directors of the host cultural centers, and project managers.

An outdoor work by Roman Ermakov of Moscow. Photo by Alexei Noroditska

“In recent years Jerusalem has experienced an artistic momentum. The ArtBnB project connects Jerusalem to the main artery of the global art scene, and gives artists from abroad the opportunity to live and work in Jerusalem, collaborate with local artists, and leave their mark on the public space around them,” said  Shlomo  Levy, head of the Jerusalem Municipality Youth Authority.

A work by Eileen Levinson of Los Angeles. Photo: courtesy

Participating artists from abroad are Anne  Albagli  (San Francisco), Michael  Beitz  (Boulder, Colorado), Francisco  Baccaro  (Lisbon), Monika  Drożyńska  (Krakow), Roman  Ermakov  (Moscow), Marina  Fridman and Yuma Yanagisawa (Canada), Lola  Gaynutdinova  (Kharkov),  Amirabbas  Gudarzi  (Vienna), Lenore Mizrachi-Cohen and  Yasmin  Gur (New York),  Joaquín  Jara  (Barcelona), Katja  Jug (Zurich), Ronnie Kommené  (London),  Chebet  Lesan  (Nairobi),  Eileen  Levinson  (Los Angeles),  Lieke  van  der  Made (Amsterdam),  Sascha  Roesler (Zurich) and  Octavi  Serra (Girona,  Spain).

This textile work is by Monika  Drożyńska of Krakow. Photo: courtesy

Israeli participating artists are Noa Arad Yairi, Hadas Golan, Tomas Goldsmit, Gilad Grinberg, Daniel Nahmias, Ola Savchuk, Paul Taylor, Nir Artzi, Shem Barel, Hana Ben Haim Yulzeri, Yifat Shtainmetz Hirst,  Amit Trainin,  Anan Adnan  Hamdan, Einat Amir,  Galia Armeland, Dorian Levin, Daria  Lior-Shoshani, Hadas  Ofrat, Matan  Pinkas and Tami  Zeri.

“Not Now,” a wooden sculpture by Michael Beitz of Boulder, Colorado. Photo: courtesy

ISRAEL21c spoke with Mizrachi-Cohen, who has been creating  permanent painted murals to mark a pathway between the Beita municipal gallery on Jaffa Road and the historic Ades Syrian synagogue in the Nachlaot neighborhood.

One of Lenore Mizrachi-Cohen’s murals leading from Beita Gallery to the Ades Synagogue in Jerusalem. Photo: courtesy

“My family is Syrian Jewish, and as an artist and a traditional person I like to have that link between the two, using a visual language of Mizrachi [Eastern] countries,” she explains.

The project is an outgrowth of a wheat-paste work she did in Brooklyn with her sister, Grace Mizrachi,  titled  “My Heart is in the East and I am Standing at the Edge of the West,”  taken from the writings of 11th century Andalusian poet and Jewish philosopher Solomon ibn  Gabirol.

“It’s about appreciating  where you come from and referencing the past to inform the future,” says Mizrachi-Cohen.

She added that as a frequent visitor to Israel, “It’s always interesting to see Jerusalem through new eyes. Some of the other artists have never been here, and we all interact with the place differently.”

ArtBnB  is a cooperative venture of HaMiffal, the Youth Authority in Jerusalem Municipality, the Jerusalem Development Authority and Eden.