©Isamu Krieger, Sweet cruelty
love you kill you
A cultural exchange between artists from Israel, Palestine, Europe and USA
We invite border/boundary crossing couples/individuals to explore aspects of their relationships, with one another and the world at large, that transcend the borders/boundaries of race, sex, creed, religion, nationality, culture, or wealth
Originally inspired by the plight of lovers caught on opposite sides of the Israeli/Palestinian divide we would like to question the constructs that unite and divide us from each other. What happens when Romeo marries Juliet, or perhaps more relevantly, when a Palestinian marries an Israeli, when a man marries another man, or a Brahmin marries a Harijan (Untouchable)?
During two weeks of working together at Laboratoire Village Nomade we intend to collect a variety of stories, pictures, videos, sound recordings, etc documenting the experiences of those who've encountered the societal boundaries which separate one from another and the ideas the bring us together.
During a two week residency in La Corbière, a group of artists will examine these topics.
Ayako Mogi, MaryClare Brzytwa, Marion Neumann, Isamu Krieger, Melissa Crago, Sudhu Tewari,
Misa Shimomura, Werner Penzel, Effi Weiss, Amir Borenstein, Jasmin Afissar, Osama Zatar,
Kristin Erickson, Christopher Fleeger, Fahed Halabi and Shlomit Lehavi
Out of this collection we will make a book (and a DVD) as a final result of our experience. Participating artists are invited to create pages for this book. We will collect internet submissions in addition to works created here.
All participants are encouraged to work on their own projects, exploring on their own ideas that arise around 'love you kill you'. We hope to explore a wide range of perspectives, from serious to humorous.
Some questions, seen as a starting point for our exchange:
What brings us together?
What separates us?
What both unites and divides us?
What borders/boundaries does "love" create
Can you imagine a situation that would make you want to kill?
"To love is to suffer. To avoid suffering one must not love. But then one
suffers from not loving. Therefore to love is to suffer, not to love is to
suffer. To suffer is to suffer. To be happy is to love. To be happy then is
to suffer. But suffering makes one unhappy. Therefore, to be unhappy one
must love, or love to suffer, or suffer from too much happiness. I hope
you're getting this down." Woody Allen
see the final installation here