Real estate boom meets the Old Testament

Temporary architectural structures drew inspiration from Biblical camping and from the modern real estate bubble to explore concerns about transience and ownership.
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Prototype of Sway atop SMRZ’s Israeli studio, before being reconstructed in Sydney.  Courtesy the artists and SCAF

Each year during the Northern Hemisphere autumn, Jews in Israel and around the world erect temporary structures that recall the flimsy accommodation of their ancestors en route to the ​Promised Land.The structures celebrate the harvest festival of Sukkot and are part of a tradition of hospitality, where guests are invited and meals shared to ​mark the festival.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina

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