This Land is My Land
In March 2007 I facilitated three art workshops in Palestine and Israel, in which I invited participants to create fabric self-portraits along with messages they wished to send to their North American counterparts. The workshops were all opportunities for the participants to speak about their own lives. The first took place in a grade 4 class in the Hand in Hand School in Jerusalem, one of the very few mixed Jewish/Arab schools in the country. The children answered questions about their favourite foods and holidays and their wishes for the future. The self portraits they created pieces were made into a single quilt, 39 inches by 54 inches. The second workshop was held at the Palestine Centre for Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation. Young people created self portraits and wrote messages they wished to pass on to young people of Canada. There are a total of 12 pieces, each 14 inches by 22 inches. The third workshop was organized by Tent of Nations, a project which brings together youth of various cultures to build bridges of understanding, reconciliation and peace. It took place at the Women's Educational Center and was part of the Bent Al-reef Empowement Project which helps village women realize their full potential through education, work with families, health, feminism and creativity. There are 11 pieces, each 14 inches by 22 inches. Later Canadians quilted the fabric pieces and prepared them for display.
|Artwork from the Bent Al-reef Empowerment project|