Through Other Eyes 2017 presents:
We Were Born Here''
A Photography Exhibition
The exhibition "We Were Born Here" presents a unique view through the lens of the camera of the joint youth group of the 2017 Through Other Eyes program, into the lives of Arab and Jewish youth just before they become adults in
During the year the joint group learned the secrets of photography and the power
of a picture to convey a message. Later, they went together to the surrounding
areas and communities and were hosted in the homes of the participants,
while getting to know their families.
The exhibition "We Were Born Here" presents a photographic study of the central
themes that concern the group regarding the similarities and differences between
the two societies: honor, relationships and family relations, beauty in difference,
tradition, culture and customs.
One of the central insights that the group reached during the process was that the land and the sense of belonging to the place were shared by both sides.
"We Were Born Here" conveys a message: for both Jews and Arabs, this is the
picture of our reality, which indicates that we must accept each other's existence
on this earth, to respect and recognize each other's world; To see, to cope with,
to accept and agree that the land is shared by all of us - here we were born!
Through this unique shared perspective, the exhibitors ask viewers to set aside
not only the common stereotypes and stigmas attributed to each culture,
but also those that we do not always recognize within ourselves, but are found
in each and every one of us, the result of separate education and separate lives.
They are asking us to bring genuine openness to a new statement.
Rama Yazme, Rauf Abu Fani