by Letizia Binda-Partensky (ICD News Program Director)
During the June Academy Session, the ICD gathered with artist Christian de Lutz at Arts Laboratory Berlin to speak with visual artist, curator and co-founder Christian de Lutz. Artists in Dialog: My Dreams Have Destroyed My Life. Some Thoughts on Pain, held from April 29th to June 26th, brings together the neon sculptures, photographs, texts and videos of Al Fadhil and Aissa Deebi. Looking beyond the boundaries of image, language and description, the Palestinian-American and Iraqi-Swiss artists connect arts and politics by sharing the grief surrounding the loss of a brother to national unrest. Christian de Lutz brings us more insight on the interaction between these two fields.
Artistic practices, as cultural products, make a map through which a culture can be read. Visual arts and oral or written traditions pertaining to a specific cultural group allow people to define themselves according to specific reference points. The same cultural products, uprooted and recast in a different context, take on the role of vessels used to define the culture of origin. Traveling cultural products are displayed or showcased through a different set of cultural practices. Continue reading
It’s an article of 2008, published on http://www.cultcase.com, but it represent a perfect example of street art used as a tool of cultural understanding in a hot area of the world: the separation wall between Israel and Palestine in the West Bank.
“It appears that the paintings of world’s hottest British art star Banksy on the Palestinian side of the separation wall in the West Bank in summer 2005 were just the tip of the iceberg. Street art and graffiti scenes gain strong International momentum in Israel recently. Much of this trend is attributed to talented immigrants from former U.S.S.R. countries while there are also many active street artists in Israel who immigrated from European countries and North America…” (see more pictures)
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