Diaspora in the Middle of Mahane Yehuda Market

What does it mean to belong and included? What does it mean to be foreign?

For French Jewish photographer Frédéric Brenner, our humanity depends upon our understanding of the foreigner and accepting those foreigners who live among each and every one of us.

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We are proud to bring Brenner’s Diaspora: Homelands in Exile exhibit to Jerusalem, which is being shown at the Jaffa 97’s Black Box open Gallery. The gallery consists of a series of open-air exhibit constructions (black box) placed on Jaffa Road, near the Mahane Yehuda market. These black boxes allow passersby to break away from the everyday hustle and bustle of the Mahane Yehuda market and introduces them to new and creative ways of thinking.

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Brenner’s Diaspora: Homelands in Exile project seeks to chronicle the Jewish Diaspora at the end of the twentieth century, with pictures taken from 1978 – 2003, in more than 40 countries. The series on Jaffa Road focuses on the final moments before the fall of the Soviet Union. It includes a wide variety of experiences of the Jewish community there, how they adopted traditions of their host countries, while continuing to be part of the Jewish people.

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