Our Servas friend, Michael Ben Abu, Exhibition was opened on 3rd March 2020. The title of the exhibition, in Hebrew, Masaot/Masaot מסעות/משאות., it has a double meaning as Alliteration sounds for Travelling/Carrying Stuff.
Last Friday, 12th June 2020 there was a noon-time gathering, with the artist, his curator Doron Fishbein, and friends and art lovers gathering, who were very well rewarded.
Yhe works themselves, on the wall opposite the main entrance, four different styles.
A large black on white drawing, symbolizing a human figure carrying something on his back.
A small painting on the other end wall, titled Climbing, here attached on the original invitation.
Central 4 pages with blue abstracts, one may see what one sees or dreams in them.
And a video film, in which Michael enters the Mediterranean Sea, at Beit Yanai beach, near the reminiscence polls of a wooden quay. He is carrying stone or suitcase or both on his shoulders, his name is written on his load. It was very moving for me, who, during childhood, could visit this beach and walk along that quay, that was in better shape.
(I heard stories about it, that it was once used for boats arriving to Israel with what was then illegal immigrants, snicking under the eyes of the searching British police).
Gathering in another large hall, the curator explained his choices. Michael responded, excited.
Because of the Corona epidemic there was not a choice to visit the gallery during the last three months.
All the time that we were listening there was a Sufi dancer bowing on a small carpet,
And a guitarist/flute player, and his younger son playing guitar beautifully.
They played their special pieces, two guitars or flute and guitar. Yaniv and Zuk, as far as I could catch their names. Then more music and the Sufi walk and dance started.
Dressed in black gown on top of white skirt and a Turkish hat-Tarbush, I sent you some photos.
Rami Pundak I think his name is, please check.
And Michael, the artist, joined the dance.
Very moving, wordless, only the accompanying music.