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There are plentiful documentaries about the challenges, peculiarities, and even comedy of municipal-level politics. Placed within the context of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, such issues are magnified a hundredfold. That’s just what David Osit does with Mayor, which follows Musa Hadid, the mayor of Ramallah, the de facto capital of Palestine.
One of the most striking things about the film is how it highlights the importance of elements of urban organization which many may take for granted. Sewage is an easy example of a vital component of government infrastructure, and it’s a constant problem for Hadid, since the city must get permission from the Israeli government before it can build the new waste treatment plant it needs. Of course, more violent examples of the injustices of occupation arise, including a tense climactic military maneuver within Ramallah. Overall, though, the film is filled with a surprising amount of good humor, such as with a debate over appropriate Christmas celebrations in the city. At times, Mayor almost feels like a very dark version of Parks and Recreation.
Mayor is now playing in virtual cinemas.
Saar’s irreverent paintings of dolls from her collection celebrate the catharsis she found in play.
With the opening of the new, $40 million structure in East Williamsburg, it poses the question of its role in the local arts community — one of collaboration or conquest?
Large-scale installations by artist and adobera Joanna Keane Lopez and olfactory-acoustic sculptures by Oswaldo Maciá will be on view starting October 1.
The act of touching allows a deeper sensory understanding for the viewer while simultaneously creating a rebellion against the terms of viewing, the defining terms of the museum and gallery space.
Photographer Fin Serck-Hanssen follows Hedda, a Norwegian in her early 20s, as she travels to undergo cosmetic surgeries and a vaginoplasty.
Over 125 artist studios, galleries, and exhibition spaces open their doors to the public for this year’s Jersey City Art and Studio Tour, taking place from September 30 through October 3.