Mediterranean Orientalism Aner Gelem, Tome Bookshtein


Aner Gelem and Tome Bookshtein’s exhibition approaches the human need for order, and how both opposites are catalogued and represented in art. In the classical era, Socrates and Plato organized and categorized the arts, and thus determined the streams of thought that developed in modern Western culture. The visual Orientalist movement aspired to throb Western cultural order, from a perspective of cultural ‘superiority’ swathed in visual ‘exoticism’. Aner and Tome present a Mediterranean visual discussion between order, as a result of Western standards and the visual disorder, as a metaphor for the same exotic perspectives of different cultures.