The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY JES­SICA ELGOT

THE CAR­TOON world of a post-apoc­a­lyp­tic Haifa where ra­dioac­tive hogs eat green-skinned peo­ple and are ruled by a lizard queen named Olga, took over a Shored­itch stu­dio this week.

The graf­fiti and sculp­ture show, Crazy Eye Ho­tel, in­spired by ’70s graphic nov­els, was the first ma­jor ex­hi­bi­tion in Europe by Haifa street art col­lec­tive, Bro­ken Fingaz Crew. The ex­hi­bi­tion at the Truman Brew­ery, close to Brick Lane, was run in con­junc­tion with the SOAS Cen­tre for Jewish Cul­ture and No Way creative agency.

It is a side to Is­raeli life most peo­ple do not as­so­ci­ate with the coun­try, said the artists, in London for the launch. Kip, one of the four col­lab­o­ra­tors, said: “Haifa is a bor­ing city, with many old peo­ple and not much to do. In the images, it’s shown as a ghost town.”

The graf­fiti group started work­ing to­gether in 2001. But, Kip said, they al­ways had am­bi­tions to cre­ate some­thing more. “We work to­gether — it’s one hand moved by four peo­ple”.

The group has now had ma­jor ex­hi­bi­tions in Tel Aviv and Haifa. The London space is dom­i­nated by a 3D model of a city, painted in neon, Aztecin­spired shapes with He­brew in­scrip­tions. Be­hind, painted on the wall, a mush­room cloud rises. “We do use the end-of-the world mo­tif a lot,” one of the col­lec­tive smiled. “But we never tell you who it is that caused it.”

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