Israel – Palestine – Europe – a cultural exchange
Avi Sabach (Israel
Vered Nissim (Israel)
Rafram Chaddad (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
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
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
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
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.
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
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 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
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.