Art & Activism — Bezalel Academy of Art and Design

Years:                2004-2018

Academy:         Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, as part of the course:                                                      Art and Activism in the Public Space

Co-lecturers:    Eldad Cidor, Lea Mauas & Diego Rotman, Eytan Shouker

Location:          Sderot (a western Negev city), East & west Jerusalem

In 2004, Shouker initiated an interdisciplinary course at Bezalel, “Art and Activism in the Public Space.” For its first two years, at the height of Israel’s disengagement from the Gaza Strip, course participants were active in the nearby city of Sderot, and later the activity was transferred to Jerusalem. Over the years, students created more than 40 projects in collaboration with residents and communities in West and East Jerusalem.

The film documents, reviews, and describes the legendary course, "Art and Activism in the Public Space," at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. For a decade, Solly Elfaks follows art activism projects that are collaborations between art students and residents of the Gonnenim/Katamonim neighborhood in Jerusalem, in the struggle to save the Train Track Park.