60 Faces of Education in Israel
In an attempt to portray the colorful mosaic that is Israeli education today, the Mandel Graduate Unit has created a photography exhibition entitled: 60 Faces of Education in Israel. Mandel graduates, fellows and individuals with key roles within the Israeli education system took photographs which reflect how they view education in Israel. The project has come up with diverse results.
Most of the participants in this exhibition were not professional photographers; some needed coaxing to explore their artistic side and join the venture.
The concept behind the project is to give expression to the different faces of educational activity in Israel, as perceived from within the system, through a variety of different perspectives. The newly appointed photographers interacted with members of the Graduates Unit to create a dialogue helping them find their unique perception and the best way to illustrate their insight from the exclusive view of the photographer.
“At its best, photography can portray many different aspects – hidden and exposed – of an infinitely multifaceted reality,” said MSEL graduate Osnat Bar-Or, who is acting as artistic advisor to the exhibition.
“The exhibit displays a wide variety of projects, from the fields of art, music, and technology, together with photos that reveal absence, density, violence and neglect. They encompass contemporary trends in education as well as its timeless aspects, which include the classroom, the hallway and the chalkboard.”
Contributors to the exhibition include Mandel Graduate and Mayor of Ranaana Nachum Hofri, Mayor of Abu Ghosh Salin Jaber, and several Mandel fellows. Photographs featured in the exhibition were selected by a professional committee made up of Mandel graduates who work in the arts and members of the Graduate Unit.
A booklet that was distributed at the Mandel Conference presents the story of each photograph and why it represents education in Israel. The exhibition was displayed at the Mandel Education Conference, which took place on December 18, 2008 at Kfar Ha’Maccabiah in Ramat Gan.
To view photos online (Description in Hebrew)