THE BRIDGE

THE BRIDGE was a ground-breaking East-West traveling exhibition for 2015-2016 showcasing the work of 47 premier Arab, Persian and Jewish contemporary artists from 15 countries of Muslim, Christian and Jewish backgrounds, around the theme of what “bridges” us to each other, as well as what they hold in common across their creeds and cultures. 

 

Opening in Paris in February 2015 at the Church of St. Germain des Pres, the oldest church in Paris, during the UN World Interfaith Harmony Week, over 18 months, THE BRIDGE was exhibited in key venues in Europe (Paris, London and Metz), Egypt (Cairo) and throughout the United States (New York, Chicago, Spokane, Portland and Wyoming), taking with it a fundamental message of intercultural and interreligious harmony.  Forty percent of all proceeds from the exhibition were directed to "Educate Me," a program to support the education of underprivileged children in Cairo, Egypt. The founding sponsor of The Bridge exhibition is SODIC, a major real estate development firm in Egypt.

CURATORS
Paul-Gordon Chandler

An author, East-West advocate, social entrepreneur, U.S Episcopal priest, and art curator, Rev. Paul-Gordon Chandler has lived and worked extensively throughout the Middle East and North Africa in leadership roles within faith-based publishing, relief and development agencies and churches. He has curated exhibitions in places such as St. Paul’s Cathedral-London, Egypt’s Museum of Modern Art, Washington D.C.’s National Cathedral, and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.

Lilianne Milgrom

International artist and writer on the arts, Lilianne has exhibited extensively in solo and group shows (including the 2013 Cluj International Ceramics Biennale) and her works can be found in private and institutional collections in England, France, Switzerland, Israel, United States, Australia and Romania. She holds a BA and DipEd from Melbourne University, and has studied at the Avni Institute and the Academy of Art - San Francisco.

Reda Abdel Rahman

Dr Reda Abdel Rahman is an Egyptian artist who lives and works in New York. He has enjoyed a prolific international career in the arts.   He is also known for his vision of promoting artists and the Egyptian art scene. Dr Abdel Rahman's works have been widely exhibited around the world and are held in numerous collecitons. He has also received important residencies, such as at Mana Contemporary

ARTISTS

The 47 Arab, Persian and Jewish contemporary visual artists that participated in The Bridge included women and men from the three primary monotheistic faith backgrounds and 15 countries. They ranged from premier contemporary artists to emerging younger artists and used a variety of artistic mediums.

ALI ABDEL MOHSEN

ASMAA TAKIEDDINE

AZADEH GHOTBI

BRITT BOUTROS GHALI

CARELLE HOMSY

EL ZAEEM

GALILA NAWAR

GAMAL EZ

GUIRGUIS LOTFI

HAYAM ABDEL BAKY

HELEN ZUGHAIB

HILDA HIARY

HISHAM ABDALLAH

HISHAM EL ZEINY

HOSSAM SAKR

HOURIA NIATI

ISABELLE BAKHOUM

KARIM ABD ELMALAK

LILIANNE MILGROM

LINA MOWAFY

MAI REFKY

MALAK EL SHAZLY

MANAL DEEB

MARC GOLDSTAIN

MARIE BORALEVI

MARWA ADEL

MOHAMED ABOUELNAGA

MOHAMED ARDASH

MOHAMED MONAISEER

MONA EL BAYOUMI

MUTAZ ELEMAM

MYRIAM BOCCARA

NAGLA SAMIR

PATRICK ALTES

QAIS AL SINDY

RANA CHALABI

RANIA EL HAKIM

REDA ABDEL RAHMAN 

REEM HASSAN

RONEN SIMAN TOV

SACHA 

SAMEH ISMAEL

SAMIA ZOGHLAMI

SHAI AZOULAY

SIONA BENJAMIN

VALERIE RAUCHBACH

YASSER ROSTOM

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Église Saint-Germain-des-Prés

                Paris, France

February 2 - 28  2015

Westown Hub Gallery

          Cairo, Egypt 

April 4 - 30  2015

St Martin-in-the-Fields

      London, England

June 1 - July 31  2015

Cathédrale Saint Étienne & 

Le Cloître des Récollets

                Metz, France

August 27- October 23  2015

St Paul's Chapel - Ground Zero (Trinity Wall Street)

New York City

January 20 - February 28 2016

   Rockefeller Chapel   University of Chicago

Chicago

April 12 - May 19 2016

Rockefeller Chapel Chicago

  St John's Cathedral

Spokane, WA

June 3 - 30 2016

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

Portland, OR

June 10 - August 21 2016

WYOMING

University of Wyoming 

Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts

Laramie

September 7 - 30 2016

Western Wyoming Community College

Rock Springs

September 8 - 30 2016

Lander Art Center

Lander

Sept 9 - Oct 13 2016

Northwest College

Powell

September 10 - 30 2016