Beyond Bridges

Beyond Bridges was a peacebuilding exhibition featuring 21 Arab, Persian and Jewish artists of Christian, Muslim and Jewish faith backgrounds focusing on what they hold in common through their cultures and creeds. With the widening divide that exists between the faiths and peoples of the Middle East and the West, this exhibition calls for a whole new kind of movement: one that builds on what we hold in common.

It is more critical than ever that “creative bridges of dialogue” be built enabling us to walk across to meet our neighbor on the other side.  As the early 20th century Lebanese artist and writer Kahlil Gibran, who profoundly bridged East and West, said; “Your neighbor is your other self dwelling behind a wall. In understanding, all walls shall fall down.”

 

Beyond Bridges toured throughout the United States between 2016-2018. 

 

The 21 participating artists through Beyond Bridges made the case for using that which we have in common as the foundation for the future of our world. The ultimate objective of the exhibition was to serve as an “encounter point,” encouraging and enabling new relationships to be made across religions and cultures.

 

Each artist in Beyond Bridges contributed an original work of art on canvas, wood or paper that is approximately 31.5’ x 24 inches in size and hangs either vertically or horizontally. Also, each artwork included a plaque with that respective artist’s statement about their piece.

 

The 21 artists represented in Beyond Bridges covered a geographic area of 11 countries, with the majority coming from the Middle East, and from the three primary monotheistic faith backgrounds (Islam, Christianity and Judaism).  Participating artists include women and men, from premier contemporary artists to emerging younger artists, and artists that use a variety of artistic mediums.

Azadeh Ghotbi, Crossroads
Azadeh Ghotbi, Crossroads

2015 80x60 cm Acrylic on canvas

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Galila Nawar, Akhenaton
Galila Nawar, Akhenaton

2015 80x60 cm Acrylic on canvas

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Gamal Ez, A Universal Bridge
Gamal Ez, A Universal Bridge

2015 60x80 cm Acrylic on handmade paper

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Guirguis Lotfi, Adam & Eve
Guirguis Lotfi, Adam & Eve

2015 80x60 cm Oil on canvas

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Hayam Abdel Baky, One World
Hayam Abdel Baky, One World

2015 60x80 cm Acrylic on canvas

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Helen Zughaib, Dreamcatcher
Helen Zughaib, Dreamcatcher

2015 80x60cm Gouache on unprimed wood panel

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Hilda Hiary, The Straight Line
Hilda Hiary, The Straight Line

2015 60x80 cm Mixed media on canvas

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Hisham Abdallah, Three on a Bridge
Hisham Abdallah, Three on a Bridge

2015 80x60 cm Acrylic on wood

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Hossam Sakr, Humanities
Hossam Sakr, Humanities

2015 60x80 cm Mixed media on canvas

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Isabelle Bakhoum
Isabelle Bakhoum

Walking a Tightrope - L'Equilibre des Forces 2015 80x60 cm Oil on canvas

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Manal Deeb, Primitiveness
Manal Deeb, Primitiveness

2015 80x60 cm Digitally manipulated painting, printed on canvas

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Mohamed Abouelnaga, New Orientalism
Mohamed Abouelnaga, New Orientalism

2015 60x80 cm Mixed media with photos on tulle- 3 layers of tulle on canvas

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Mohamed Monaiseer, The Belief
Mohamed Monaiseer, The Belief

2015 80x60 cm Acrylic and ink on canvas

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Mutaz Elemam, Communication
Mutaz Elemam, Communication

2015 80x60 cm Acrylic on canvas

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Patrick Altes, Hybridity
Patrick Altes, Hybridity

2015 60x80 cm Collage and mixed media on canvas

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Rania El Hakim
Rania El Hakim

2015 I Consist only of Particles 80x60 cm Oil on canvas

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Ronen Siman Tov, Prophet - Bridge
Ronen Siman Tov, Prophet - Bridge

2015 80x60 cm Oil on plywood

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Sameh Ismail
Sameh Ismail

One Canvas-Different Voices 2015 60x80 cm Acrylic on canvas

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Siona Benjamin, Bridging Pardes
Siona Benjamin, Bridging Pardes

2015 80x60 cm Gouache, mixed media and 22k gold leaf on wood panel

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Valerie Rauchbach, Maimonides
Valerie Rauchbach, Maimonides

2015 60x60 cm(80x60cm with frame) Volcanic sand on canvas

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Yasser Rostom, The Tree
Yasser Rostom, The Tree

2015 Ink on paper 80x60cm

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