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Shared Histories

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Artists have frequently been able to cut through the immediate politics of a conflict to seek out the essential truths that acknowledge the importance of each human being and define the human condition we all share.

Shared Histories, the Spring show at UCR/California Museum of Photography will present the work of eight contemporary Israeli and Palestinian video artists and filmmakers.

The museum hopes this multi-part program will create a dynamic and rich neutral ground for dialogue.

The show is presented as one small step that will lead to a greater dialog in which Israelis and Palestinians come to understand how they might share the land of Israel/Palestine and its resources, acknowledging and respecting each other’s rights as equal citizens and neighbors, free from violence, and able to develop their own futures with full respect for human and civil rights.

Shared Histories differentiates itself from other exhibitions concerning the Middle East because of its shift in focus from social documentary footage that depicts the literal events of political conflict to the presentation of more metaphorical and conceptual works.

Shared Histories will be a two-part exhibition. The first part presents the eight video artists whose works shift focus away from politicized headlines and specific events addressing instead the universal issues of exile, loss, belonging, identity and home that are heightened by the political tensions of this region.

The emphasis on these issues highlights the many shared experiences of both Palestinians and Israelis while heeding the complexity and specificity of their situations.

An open reception will be held Saturday, March 1, 2003 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and the viewing will be held March 1 through June 14, 2003. For more information contact (909) 787-4787.

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