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OPENING RECEPTION: Undefeated Despair, Break the Silence Media and Art Project  

The Gallery
2425 Virginia Ave, NW

Washington, DC  20037

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Mar 8, 2013    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Undefeated Despair --John Berger, 2006

Precarity, Public Art and Solidarity in Palestine and Lebanon

Break the Silence Media and Art Project

8 March — 12 April 2013

Opening reception with photos and media
Friday, 8 March, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Undefeated Despair

The exhibition will include:

A Tale of Two Cities, The Olympia-Rafa Solidarity Mural Project (ORSMP), located in Olympia, WA, is co-produced with the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice. The project was inspired by the life of Rachel Corrie, who was killed in Rafah in the Gaza Strip while defending the home of a Palestinian doctor from demolition. The mural is located in Olympia, WA, where Corrie was born and raised. ORSMP is four thousand square feet of interdisciplinary international solidarity.  More than 150 groups and individuals worldwide contributed images to make visible connections between seemingly distant issues and locations. Innovative use of technology, including ‘Call the Wall,’ allows viewers to hear audio tracks associated with all the images in the murals, thereby deepening the viewing experience.
                                                                                              2007- Present

The Maia Mural Brigade, Gaza (Maia means water in Arabic) took place in cities, towns and refugee camps throughout Gaza. It brought together activists, trauma therapists, muralists, filmmakers, Estria Foundation’s Water Writes Project, Olympia-Rafah Solidarity Mural Project, Afaq Jadeeda (New Horizons), Palestinian youth artists, and activists to create collaborative murals that deal with the universal right to clean water. The murals are located at water filtration systems in Gaza being installed by the Middle East Children’s Alliance, that have been providing clean drinking water to more than 30,000 children.
2011 – Present

Mourning & Action—Sabra-Shatila Commemorative Mural Project
In conjunction with Beirut’s Al-Jana Resource Center and Ahlam Laje’a Center, the murals commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of the 1982 massacres in Sabra and Shatila Refugee Camp. An international team of painters and youth from Shatila Refugee Camp, the West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, Egypt, USA, Mexico, Guatemala and refugee camps in Lebanon painted 2000 square feet in Mosque Square in Shatila Camp exploring themes of resilience, creativity and memory. Included is a memorial to Rachel Corrie, an American activist whose civil suit absolving Israel of all accountability for her killing was decided by Israeli high court in August 2012.
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