Offering Reconciliation

Offering Reconciliation 2018-06-13T16:08:54+00:00

136 Israeli and Palestinian artists received a ceramic bowl. “The bowl of reconciliation” to take on their personal journey

Every artist chose how to serve their dish of reconciliation, a dish of peace and hope, art instead of enmity. The exhibition ran throughout May 2006, at the Museum of Israeli Art in Ramat Gan

The project aimed to spread its vision of reconciliation and through art, among a wide Israeli and Palestinian audience.
The exhibition was led by Ms. Orna Tamir-Schestowitz, who envisioned a group display by artists from different nations, different religions, varied teachings and conflicted beliefs. To connect all of them together, Orna created a “mutual ground” as the basis for the creations, and designed a huge ceramic bowl she called “The bowl of reconciliation”. The bowl design emphasized all the things that are common, uniting and connecting, and also left room for each artist to create their own personal artistic expression.

136 Israeli and Palestinian artists* received the ceramic bowl to take on their personal journey of interpretation for reconciliation and the values that stem therefrom – co-existence, loss and pain, fracture and fusion. Every artist chose how to serve their dish of reconciliation, a dish of peace and hope, art instead of enmity.

The exhibition ran throughout May 2006, at the Museum of Israeli Art in Ramat Gan, and was the result of collaboration between many people, among them, Ms. Dafna Zmora and Ms. Nella Cassouto, the Museum’s director, Mr. Meir Aharonson and the people from Harsa-Merhav from the “Keter” Group, who made the bowls.

The project received great responses avowing a wide support and hope for a better future from locally and internationally celebrated public figures who had heard about the project, such as Former US President Bill Clinton, the musician Daniel Barenboim, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and authors, Abraham B. Yehoshua and Amos Oz, Yossi Sarid and many others.

* The full list of the artists who participated is a very long one. Among them: Abu-Shakra Farid, Abramson Larry, Ullman Micha, Alima, Arad Ron, Boulakia Philippe, Geva Tsibi, Glotman Shuka, Gershuni Moshe, Hod Nir, Tartakover David, Kamel Jalal, Lavie Rafi, Lellouche Ofer, Azi Asad, Kadishman Menashe, Kirshner Micha, Klasmer Gabi, Karavan Danny, Rubinger David, Rovner Michal, Reeb David, Rantzer Philip, Tumarkin Igael and others.

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