The Compromised Land: Recent Photography and Video from Israel revolves around the notion of land, which in Israel has always been synonymous with Israel, as much a concept as it is a physical measure. Land, Eretz Yisrael, is a sacred as well as a geographical, economic, social, and political entity rooted in thousands of years of history, and in the psyche and culture of its peoples. The Compromised Land offers a look at Israel through the intellectually and emotionally invested eyes of some of its remarkable artists. Their work gives voice to a sense of unsettlement and existential threat, through the experience of internal and external discord, as the artists look at Israel and Israeli politics and culture with urgency, criticality, questions, and an abiding, if complicated love for the land. The exhibition also is a specific examination of Israeli photography and video, practices that dominate contemporary Israeli art and for which it is internationally recognized. It is accompanied by a fully-illustrated 96-page catalogue.
The Compromised Land: Recent Photography and Video from Israel is organized by the Neuberger Museum of Art of Purchase College, SUNY and co-curated by Senior Curator of Contemporary Art Helaine Posner and guest curator Lilly Wei.
Generous support for The Compromised Land: Recent Photography and Video from Israel is provided by Artis, Helen Stambler Neuberger and Jim Neuberger, Susan and James Dubin, and the Office of Cultural Affairs, Consulate General of Israel in New York. Additional funding is provided by the Friends of the Neuberger Museum of Art and Purchase College Foundation.