JMA Artists on Artists: Avraham Vofsi & John Safran

7 March 2024
Thursday 6—8pm
Jewish Museum of Australia

Join Archibald Prize finalist and interdisciplinary artist Avraham Vofsi and award-winning writer and filmmaker John Safran in a head-to-head battle of wits on the meaning, role and responsibility of Jewish artists.

They will share fascinating insights into the process of creating Vofsi’s outstanding 2022 Archibald Prize submission, John Safran as David and Goliath. Learn about their works in progress, their craft and hear their answers to the question: What is a Jewish artist?

Please note that this event will be filmed and photographed.

About the artists

Avraham Vofsi

A Jewish Australian interdisciplinary artist based in Melbourne, Avraham Vofsi has developed a significant body of work that captures the essence of the modern lived experience through the traditional medium of oil-paint portraiture.

As an oil-painter and filmmaker, Vofsi conveys the richness of his subject’s stories through crafting films to accompany his paintings, creating a deeper experience for viewers. His work provides an emotionally compelling experience, and speaks to the deep connection that forms between the artist, the subjects and the viewers of the portraits.

John Safran

Australian writer and filmmaker John Safran’s latest work is Puff Piece. His previous books have received a Ned Kelly Award for Best True Crime and a short listing for the Melbourne Prize for Literature. His television work, which includes Race Around the World, John Safran vs God, Music Jamboree and The Goddamn Election!, has been recognised by the Australian Film Institute and Rose d’Or Festival. Safran hosted the debut episode of the 2023 SBS series Where the Bloody Hell Are We?

Image: John sits for Avraham in his studio.

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$31.50 Members
$35 Non-members
$25 Concession
$22.50 Member concession