The story of the Water of Jerusalem by Manuel Kleidman
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The Story of the Water of Jerusalem by A. Stronati
A part of the exhibition "TRAME, M. Kleidman" will tell "the story of the water of Jerusalem", a project organized by the artist at the end of the 80' in the oldest districts of the Holy City.
Exploring the city in its alleys, he noticed that the different communities that were located in Jerusalem during the last Century, contributed to the growth of those places: building houses, by ensuring the safety of the roads, going so far as to realize the sewerage. Each community decorated their neighborhood
manholes with graphic signs, decorations and inscriptions and these objects, made of bronze or iron, testified with theirs presence the alternation of several governments and telling in the same time, the history of immigration to Jerusalem.
The artist thought out, therefore, an extremely ambitious project: to go to look for the manholes present in the oldest districts and do a mould of them and make with them a fountain of peace on the main square of the Holy City. Each manhole representing a community of Jerusalem.
The project of the fountain is still a dream. Some pictures from this adventure of Emmanuel Kleidman, prints of the manholes (made with the "wooden spoon" technique, ink on paper) and some ceramic plaques made in 1990 by the artist will be shown at the National Museum Ethnographic L. Pigorini of Rome, Idee migranti, [S]oggetti Migranti Exhibition from March 27 to April 10, 2013.
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