“Appearances” – A Unique Photography Exhibition at Ramat Hanadiv
Come to see how the region of the Partnership for Regional Sustainability looks through the eyes of young adults from the Partnership region. The young men and women investigated their environment through the camera lens; the results are partly encouraging and partly concerning in nature, but all are of spectacular quality
A damaged landscape through a prickly pear, a bird’s flight through polluted air, garbage instead of a beach; these are just a few of the subjects arising from the spectacular creations of high school children from schools in the Partnership region, that were collated into a well-formed, impressive exhibition. The exhibition is on display in the Visitors Pavilion at Ramat Hanadiv and is the fruit of an educational program initiated by Tze’ela Shacham, a national instructor of geography, man and environment and a teacher at the Hof Hacarmel Regional School, supported by the Partnership for Regional Sustainability.
The aim of the program is to awaken students to critical examination of their residential environment through the prism of sustainability issues. After being exposed to the theoretical content, the students went out, equipped with cameras, to explore their residential environment with their eyes and identify relevant sustainability issues, with respect to the studied content. Through the camera lens, each student gave a personal, creative interpretation of their findings. This is an experiential, meaningful learning approach that obligates the students to raise their heads from their smartphones, open their eyes to what’s going on around them and take a critical stand in a creative way.
The program’s products, the photographs on display in the exhibition, are surprising and interesting, and present a range of fascinating approaches to the impact of man, both positive and negative, on his environment, while taking account of the dialog between the natural environment and the urban texture. The power of the exhibition is in the impressive collection of perspectives that converge into a fascinating ensemble reflecting the students’ sensitivity to what takes place around them. This is a regional mosaic that highlights in an esthetic way both the uniqueness of the landscape texture typical of the Partnership region and the environmental hazards created by humans. The exhibition sheds new shades of light on all that the eye of routine is used to and allows us to stop for a moment and look at our environment in a different way, and perhaps even get up from our chair and do something.
Presenters in the exhibition: 11th-grade students from the geography, man and environment study track at the Hof Hacarmel Regional School led by Tze’ela Shacham, 10th-grade students from the art study track at Ort Binyamina led by Naomi Argas, 12th-grade students from the environmental sciences study track at Al Manara High School in Jisr al-Zarqa led by Jaiza Jurban and 11th-grade students from the Moshava High School in Zikhron Ya’akov within the social involvement program.
The exhibition on display at Ramat Hanadiv includes 22 creations from the full exhibition (that includes 64 photographs) and in the future it will be on display as a wandering exhibition at different events in the region of the Partnership for Regional Sustainability. Similarly, it will be uploaded to the website of the Partnership for Regional Sustainability in order to enable easy accessibility for everyone.
Here is the link to the photographs: