INVITATION: "Social Activism" @ the Dead Sea w/ Daphne Leef & Spencer Tunic...

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Prima Oasis Hotel

Dead Sea

Ein Bokek

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Top Decision Makers Speaking With TLV Young Professionals


"Creative Social Activism"


Daphne Leef - Tel Aviv Tents Social Protest Leader


Spencer Tunick - World Renown Photographer & Environmentalist

Date: Thursday Late Night thru Friday, September 14th, 2012

Venue: The Prima Oasis Hotel
Ein Bokek, Dead Sea

Prima Hotels is sponsoring this event and offering discounts on the weekend for patrons

Cost: 80nis with roundtrip Tel Aviv chartered bus

40nis without transportation

Refreshments will be served at the hotel

Patrons must register above to attend

About the Speakers: Daphne Leef & Spencer Tunick

Daphne Leef

Daphne Leef, daughter of the Israeli composer Inam Leef, was born in Jerusalem and raised in the Rehavia neighborhood of the city. In 2005, after she finished high school, Leef moved to Tel Aviv and began studying in the film department of Tel Aviv University. After graduating from TAU in 2008, she became a professional video editor and has created many short films/music videos for Israeli singers.

During June 2011 Leef received a notice to vacate the apartment that she had rented in Tel Aviv for the previous three years. After several weeks of searching to no avail for a new apartment within reach of her film-editing job, Leef discovered that the rental prices in the entire Tel Aviv metropolitan area had doubled in the previous five years.

As an act of protest Leef decided to pitch a tent at Habima Square in Tel Aviv. Leef also opened a Facebook protest page and began inviting people to join the protest in the streets. Soon afterward the protests gained momentum as thousands joined the protests, pitching tents in the central streets of cities across Israel. sparking off the 2011 Israel housing protests. On August 29th, 2011, in the context of allegations of Leef's background and intentions, Leef abruptly ended an interview when asked about not doing mandatory military service or Sherut Leumi, her affluent upbringing, what the Trajtenberg Committee was dealing with, and a question about her lack of presence or if she has even slept in the Tel Aviv tent area. She revealed that she received an exemption from the army for having epilepsy but had volunteered in a children's shelter, and that she had not slept in the Rothschild Boulevard tents the preceding week.

As of the summer of 2012, Daphne Leaf and and several other activists tried to restart the housing protests by re-erecting a tent encampment in the Rothschild Boulevard in Tel-Aviv. The municipality had not given a permit and as a result Leef, along with eleven other activists, were arrested when they resisted the 20 policemen and municipal inspectors who arrived to dismantle the tents. The protesters' tents were confiscated by the police forces as well.

At this time, Daphne and other activists are focusing their efforts on maintaining the government's attention to the social issues still to be resolved in Tel Aviv and the country at large.

Spencer Tunick

Spencer Tunick is a world renown photographer and social acitivist. His body of work explores and expands the social, political and legal issues surrounding art in the public sphere. He stages scenes in which the battle of nature against culture is played out against various backdrops, from civic center to desert sandstorm, man and woman are returned to a pre-industrial, pre-everything state of existence. Tunick has traveled the globe to create these still and video images of multiple nude figures in public settings. Organizing groups from a handful of participants to tens of thousands, all volunteers, is often logistically daunting; the subsequent images transcend ordinary categories and meld sculpture and performance in a new genre.

Since 1992, Tunick has been arrested five times while attempting to work outdoors in New York City. Soon after his fifth arrest in Times Square in 1999, determined to create his work on the streets of New York, the artist filed a Federal Civil Rights Law Suit against the city to protect himself and his participants from future arrests.

In May 2000, the Second U.S. District Court sided with Tunick, recognizing that his work was protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. On June 3 of the same year, in response to the city's final appeal made to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the court at large, the U.S. Supreme Court also ruled in favor of Tunick by remanding the case, allowing the lower court decision to stand and the artist to freely organize his work on New York City streets. Four months later, Tunick applied for his first New York City permit after winning the case, and he was rejected. In order to make his work without the threat of arrest the artist took his work abroad. He has not undertaken a group installation on the streets of New York in ten years.

Tunick's most notable works have been commissioned by Art Basel, Switzerland (1999), Institut Cultura, Barcelona (2003), XXV Biennial de Sao Paulo, Brazil (2002), The Saatchi Gallery (2003), MOCA Cleveland (2004), Vienna Kunsthalle (2008), among others.

About the Event:

Spencer Tunick returns again to the Dead Sea in the support of the grassroots organization that is working to bring awareness to the plight of our rapidly dying sea, and their annual solidarity environmental float. Join us to visually capture the moment, and to take a stand to protect one of the most unique natural wonders of the world.

Buses will leave from Namal Tel Aviv at 11:30pm on Thursday, September 13th after the Tel Aviv Arts Council Slideluck Art event ( and proceed to the Dead Sea.

The event will occur into the morning and include the following:

3am-5am we will gather on the beach for a jam session with acoustic music (bring your guitars and drums to join in).

5am- 6am we will have our opening ceremony along with environmental activists who will share their opinions about the Dead Sea and its future.

6am-7am Spencer Tunick will invite everyone into the water for a solidarity non-nude float together.

7am -9am with Spencer's guidance, photographers will take pictures of the participants, both individually and collectively.

At 11am we will meet for the exclusive Tel Aviv International Salon event at the Prima Oasis Hotel for refreshments, with a panel discussion featuring the internationally acclaimed photographer and installation artist Spencer Tunick, social activist Daphne Leef, and moderated by photographer Roie Galitz, who himself is an acclaimed environmental photographer, the editor in chief of Composition Magazine, runs a photography school in Tel Aviv, and is producing an annual photography conference for 4000 people on September 12th,,

Buses will leave for Tel Aviv around 1pm.

About The Venue: Prima Oasis Hotel

Nestled into the Judean Desert at one of the lowest points on Earth, and surrounded by the quiet beauty of the Dead Sea, is the Hotel Oasis Dead Sea. This is where you can forget all worries and indulge in the quiet pleasure of the natural surroundings. Guests marvel at the breathtaking scenery and enjoy the ultimate vacation.

Hotel Oasis Dead Sea is located near Masada National Park, Ein Gedi, Botanical Gardens and so much more, making it easy to create and enjoy fascinating itineraries while staying in a modern, yet casually relaxing hotel.

For those wishing to stay and enjoy a Shabbat weekend at the Dead Sea, we are proud to offer accommodations at the beautiful Prima Oasis Hotel, our host venue for the Dead Sea Float and Salon.

Prices at the Hotel Oasis Dead Sea
-Price per couple per night, 730nis
-Price for single room, 620nis
Accommodation prices at the Spa Club Dead Sea Hotel
-Price per couple per night, 860nis
-Price for single, 730nis
-Triple for adults, 1200nis

Minimum stay is two nights, one-night on Thursday is possible. Prices include VAT and are net to the hotel.

Reservations can be made with Prima Hotels by telephone * 9995, you must specify "Operation Photos" to receive the Salon discount.

Details about the hotel, additional services such as spa treatments and facilities can found on the web at

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Ein Bokek

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