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Israel – Palestine – Europe – a cultural exchange

Avi Sabach (Israel
Vered Nissim (Israel)
Rafram Chaddad (Israel)
Maya Brinner(Israel)
Rami Saadi (Palestine)
Raida Adon (Palestine)
Fahad el Halaby (Palestine)
Hanan Abu Hosein (Palestine)
Lisa Reisch (Germany)
Isamu Krieger (Switzerland)
Shauna McMullan(Northern Ireland)
Bartek Lucasiewicz (Poland)

Workshop leaded by
Yehoshua Glotman and Mohamed Iqbaria



Background

Metaphors are a desirable and in fact frequently used tool in group processes. Their use facilitates in-depth, multi-layered communication among participants. Metaphors make it possible to hear the “music” behind the plethora of details and facts.

The stage of the Israeli- Palestinian conflict is bloody, ugly, painful, and wasteful. As in the life of any one person, change can at times, signal the end of a painful crisis. The process that began with the first Intifada and the first Gulf War has now reached a stage where both sides must come to term with themselves and with their rivals. Giving up hopes and dreams in the face of reality is hard. Containing frustrations, is almost impossible. The present situation has smashed the truth on both sides. In the broken remains of that truth, each side can see its
own reflection, sad, tired and ugly. Both sides may point at their gains, while denying their losses.
Unfortunately, these emotions have to be acted out. In the Middle East this "psychodrama" is part of the ongoing bargaining, which is still taking place in a cruel way.
History has taught us that there are no shortcuts: mistakes and regrets must be experienced.
The Palestinians and the Israelis are trapped, like two boxers of unbalanced weight, who violently clasp and wrestle each other to the floor, tired and breathless. A truly unbiased third party is urgently needed. A party that is compassionate and understanding towards both boxers. The involvement of such a party could be very meaningful, in helping both sides to the conflict.
While "the other" is being dehumanized, and any eye contact between the rival camps is avoided, the individuals in each society are paying a high price. By denying "the other", each avoids his own self, and loses his face. Given this noisy and bloody reality, the voice of art is lost. Art has become a shameful endeavor and therefore has become speechless. The art that is being made, runs the risk of becoming immoral if it is exercised carelessly, solely for escapistic needs.

For me, an important task of art at this moment of distress is to attempt to express the self and its repressed emotions, anxieties and fantasies. Perhaps by so doing, art will create something positive and the result will be that the individual will regain his sense of selfhood.

Project

A metaphor that is effective in the group process can be a source of endless play, and can reverberate among participants, activating multiple strata of interpersonal communication within the group. In a sense, the “work of art” is in its entirety an exchange of metaphors. If the exchange is successful, it can sometimes stretch an artful bridge across the inter-cultural expanse.
I do believe that studying the narrative of our own life can bring a new understanding and awareness. Learning the common elements of life stories of a group of artists, can be a trigger for an artistic process. The outcome of such process can be meaningful and enriching for other people and the community as well.


Creating a group workshop for young European, Palestinian and Israeli artists in the special setting of La Corbière might be a adventure of renewal. In this special "oasis", researching the differences and similarities of the participants' various narratives can enable a sense of trust and mutual understanding, which can stimulate the output of artifacts that might be shared by others.

I do believe that studying the narrative of our own life can bring a new understanding and awareness. Learning the common elements of life stories of a group of artists can be a trigger for an artistic process. The outcome of such process can be meaningful and enriching for other people and the community as well.

Workshop

A two weeks long workshop for 12 participants originated from Europe, Palestine and Israel.
They will work as a dynamic group for a week, in a constructed way with group facilitators. During the second week participants will work artistically on their own and share their processing in evening sessions. The end result will be celebrated in an open event for the public.



Art Event

For the workshop 2008 we are looking forward to present visual and acoustic installations as well as performing arts, mixed media shows, literature and photography. The place, La Corbière, allows a variety of possibilities for an exhibition like this and gives the public a chance for an experience quite different from that of usual exhibition places.

The meeting will be documented by the organisers of „Laboratoire Village Nomade“ in Foto, Text, Audio and Video – beside the press releases we are looking forward to publish a catalogue about the project.

The result should be also transferable to other exhibition-spaces when we think about the longer term of this project. We see this meeting as a cultural exchange program and therefore we like to transfer the different art works into further public spaces in Switzerland and Israel.


The process and the experience during our common time at “Laboratoire Village Nomade” is connected with another project, called „NomadRadio“ which takes place during 7 months in La Corbière (1st of May till 30th of November 2008). „NomadRadio“ is an audio play we broadcast through Internet. Radio, day by day, 214 days long. It will be created by some of our invited artists as well as through the contributions sent daily by Internet from related artists all over the world – “Fishing for metaphors in the sea of life” will be transmitted in this context as well.

 

 

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