For the 13th year, the MusraraMix festival is an international multidisciplinary event that takes place in the borderline neighborhood of Musrara, initiated and produced by the Naggar school in Musrara. The festival is a hub of artistic and social happenings, embodying the political and cultural essence of Jerusalem and Israel. Every year the festival is based around one theme. The 13th year of the festival is the year of NoEgo.
This year, dozens of artists from Israel and abroad explore issues related to ego: the ever present motif, hidden or outspoken, which is an obstacle as much as it is a motivation in our life and in the process of artistic creation. The program of the festival explores the ego from the personal point of view as well as from the collective point of view, through self expression and free will. It allows a glimpse into the relationship built between the artist and the community, between artists, and between people in general.
Our age is characterized by new social connections, information flow and virtual sharing. This makes life into a new fabric, woven by practical threads that align into a balance of power that is changing before our very eyes - between local and global, between the limits of art and the limits of life. The access to information and to technological means is now available to everyone. The viewer becomes a part of the artwork and the artist - a part of a community.
Ego is present in the creative process and in life. In MusraraMix collaboration is vital, inevitable and driven by human resources: Musrara students, neighborhood residents, young and professional artists, and the audience. All of them together produce a direct multisensory experience. Multi-disciplinary art will be presented in the public spaces of the neighborhood and in the backyards of the residents: video art, new media, photography, installation, performance and dance. The music stage will present contemporary and experimental music. This year the festival hosts artists from France, USA, Netherlands, Germany, Japan, Poland and Turkey. In the spirit of NoEgo, the event will include artworks from students and graduates from the photography school in Arles, France, and artists from TRAFO - Centre for Contemporary Arts in Szczecin, Poland, alongside artworks by Musrara students and graduates.
The festival expresses the school’s outlook. We believe in the significant role the creative process has, when it turns our gaze onto society and the identities that structure it. We believe in the power the festival has, as part of the educational process of the students. The Naggar art school in Musrara invites the public to participate in the events taking place during the festival, to experience the neighborhood, explore its streets, be a guest in the backyards, meet the residents and enjoy some of the best multidisciplinary art made in Israel and the world today.
The Musrara school of art invites you to take part in each of the events of the festival, to experience the neighborhood, tour its alleys, be a guest in the backyards, meet the residents and enjoy some of the best interdisciplinary art made in Israel and the world today. We would like to thank our partners: firstly the residents of Musrara, the public funds and organizations from Israel and abroad that sponsor our activity, and of course our students, teachers and school staff.