Social change has often been brought about by artists who dare to say what few want to hear. As in many mediums, perspective derives from distance; being far away allows us to look closer, to see. Local artists living within the struggle between Israel and Palestine are often challenged and silenced by one or the other governments or public pressure for their work. Those who try to follow the complexities of the conflict from a distance find that although they have more creative freedom, they are still influenced by mainstream and authoritarian censure of artists’ ideas.
Artists who have created works from outside the space of day-to-day conflict nevertheless remain viscerally connected. Artists far away from the mapped borders may be among the first to finally – tentatively – step over into new territory. Being FAR FROM THE FRONT LINES creates an opportunity for artists’ dialog outside borders. Showing their work to a wider public allows both the audience and the artists themselves to actively promote meaningful change in our minds, where all borders ultimately reside.
Israeli Artist Dorit Jordan Dotan, Guest Curator, has recently relocated to Chicago, where she lives and works. For over 30 years she has actively worked in the areas of peace, coexistence, women’s issues and human rights. A long-time participant in many social change activities, her role as a documentary photographer has brought her photographs and designs to the wider public. Her fine art has been exhibited in New York, Berlin and Jerusalem. Her documentary photographs have focused on coexistence and the human cost of the conflict.
Call for Art
Artists that are creating and living in the USA, and are connected to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, are invited to send images in any media* to be considered for inclusion in a group exhibition, in the Fall of 2017, at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts (LCA), Northwest Indiana’s premiere multidisciplinary contemporary art space, conveniently located on the beautiful lakefront of Michigan City, just an hour from Chicago.