Archive for November, 2010
Graffiti in Israel - Pictures by Jason Larkin
Pictures by Jason Larkin
[img src=http://www.jakewallissimons.com/wp-content/flagallery/graffiti-in-israel/thumbs/thumbs_undefined-7.jpg]60A piece by Know Hope in downtown Tel Aviv.
[img src=http://www.jakewallissimons.com/wp-content/flagallery/graffiti-in-israel/thumbs/thumbs_undefined-1.jpg]90A large mural in honor of Gilad Shalit, near the beach in Tel Aviv.
[img src=http://www.jakewallissimons.com/wp-content/flagallery/graffiti-in-israel/thumbs/thumbs_undefined-4.jpg]70A Jewish member of the Chabad center admires the progress of a mural of Shneur Zalman on the front wall of the Chabad Center in Sderot.
[img src=http://www.jakewallissimons.com/wp-content/flagallery/graffiti-in-israel/thumbs/thumbs_undefined-5.jpg]80An IDF soldier waits for a bus at a rocket-proof bus shelter in Sderot while graffiti artists paint murals as part of the ‘Artists 4 Israel’ tour.
[img src=http://www.jakewallissimons.com/wp-content/flagallery/graffiti-in-israel/thumbs/thumbs_undefined-9.jpg]50Yoel Kroiz, a prominent figure in the anti-Zionist group Neturei Karta (“Guardians of the City”), shows some of the posters in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Meah She’arim, Jerusalem.
[img src=http://www.jakewallissimons.com/wp-content/flagallery/graffiti-in-israel/thumbs/thumbs_undefined.jpg]10A Palestininain boy walks past a mural, painted along a small partition wall in Hebron, West Bank, that says “Hebron is ours forever.”
[img src=http://www.jakewallissimons.com/wp-content/flagallery/graffiti-in-israel/thumbs/thumbs_undefined-6.jpg]20Jewish settler graffiti in downtown Hebron.
[img src=http://www.jakewallissimons.com/wp-content/flagallery/graffiti-in-israel/thumbs/thumbs_undefined-8.jpg]40A Palestinian boy selling postcards waits by the checkpoint along the partition wall near to Bethlehem, West Bank.
[img src=http://www.jakewallissimons.com/wp-content/flagallery/graffiti-in-israel/thumbs/thumbs_undefined-3.jpg]20A Banksy mural which has been professionally cut out from a Palestinian resident’s house. It is stored and owned by Mike, a rich business man in Bethlehem who is trying to sell it to international art buyers.
[img src=http://www.jakewallissimons.com/wp-content/flagallery/graffiti-in-israel/thumbs/thumbs_13890006.jpg]10A portrait in Duheisha Refugee Camp on the West Bank of Ayat al-Akhras, the third – and youngest – female suicide bomber
[img src=http://www.jakewallissimons.com/wp-content/flagallery/graffiti-in-israel/thumbs/thumbs_13890007.jpg]10A martyr portrait in Duheisha Refugee Camp on the West Bank
[img src=http://www.jakewallissimons.com/wp-content/flagallery/graffiti-in-israel/thumbs/thumbs_13890008.jpg]10A martyr portrait in Duheisha Refugee Camp on the West Bank
[img src=http://www.jakewallissimons.com/wp-content/flagallery/graffiti-in-israel/thumbs/thumbs_13890012.jpg]20A martyr portrait in Duheisha Refugee Camp on the West Bank
If the walls outside the Nocturno café in Jerusalem could talk, they’d probably tell you what they already say. The area outside of the coffee shop is peppered with images and slogans that could only be found in Israel: a map of the country with the Palestinian areas removed; a soldier with the slogan “no legs, no problems”; a stencil of the national anthem, with the words changed (“the land of Zion and Jerusalem” has been replaced by “the land of Palestine and Jerusalem”). And, though Nocturno is a favorite hangout for art students from the Bezalel Academy, it’s hardly the only such canvas.
Last week, the news took on a decidedly trippy tinge. First, Professor David Nutt, sacked as an adviser to the Labour government for criticising its policy on drugs, sparked controversy when he published research suggesting that heroin was less damaging than alcohol. The following day, Californians went to the polls to vote on a proposal to legalise cannabis. In a dramatic move, President Obama and his Attorney General, Eric Holder, threatened to intervene if the outcome was a “yes” (it wasn’t).
It is timely, then, that this Thursday, the Wellcome Trust will open the doors on High Society, an exhibition exploring the history of mind-altering drugs.
The Simons family at play
Parlour games silliness
I have blindfolded my grandmother. She is bent double in the garden, fumbling in the grass for satsumas. In my left hand is a thimble; in my right is a pair of socks. Family members are looking on and cheering.
The game comes courtesy of Parlour Games For The Modern Family, a new book out this week. Written by two Australian mums, Myfanwy Jones and Spiri Tsintziras, who have “four children and 20 nephews and nieces” between them, it seeks to prise us away from the internet and reintroduce the delights of collective silliness.